MONTROSE – It will probably be next year before any decision is made on restructuring the four nonprofit agencies that receive city money and bring visitors, cash and economic growth to Montrose.
The four agencies, including the chamber, are the Montrose Economic Development Corporation, the Montrose Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Montrose Area Merchants Association. Their effectiveness is being studied as part of an overall assessment by the Montrose Downtown Development Authority.
The exhaustive research into many aspects of the city began in January, and included a recently released report from National Community Development Services, the company hired by the city to conduct the study.
Montrose Chamber of Commerce board member Steve Savoy said the report was the reason that chamber executive director Terri Leben was fired last month. Spear said the city had no prior knowledge or input.
A steering committee of the Montrose Downtown Development Authority, which includes representatives of each of the four agencies, will make final recommendations for changes to the city council sometime this month, he said.
“We are waiting to see what they come up with, and I’m kind of curious myself,” Spear said. “The whole idea of the process is that the city didn’t have any preconceived notions as to where it could end up. It started with the desire to make the best use of our economic driver funding, and it’s an ongoing process.”
Once the steering committee presents its final recommendations to the city council, then the council can act, Spear said.