Centered for Growth, Innovation, and Opportunity
President - Tanner Johnson
Vice President – Daunne Heilman
Treasurer – Susan Selensky
Secretary - Gary Kraft
The JDA Current Board Membership Is As Follows:
Mayor – Arland Geiszler
County Commissioner – Terry Hoffert
City Council Member – Gary Kraft
Rugby School District – Dr. Mike McNeff – Superintendent
City Auditor – Jennifer Stewart
County Auditor – Karin Fursather.
Susan Selensky – Bremer Bank
Tanner Johnson – First International
Pete Burgard – Merchants
Blair Brattvet – North Star
Sandra Wolf – Ramsey Bank
Amber Feickert – Farm Credit
Rob St. Michel
Executive Director/City of Rugby Economic Development Coordinator – Jessica Brossart
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at Noon. Meetings are held at the Rugby JDA Office. Advance notice will be given if an alternative location has been chosen. Agendas will state location.
The Rugby JDA Board of Directors are comprised of Community Leaders, Financial Institution Representatives, and local business representatives appointed by the governing body of the City of Rugby. According to North Dakota Century Code (state law), the members of the Job Development Authority Board of Directors serve for a term of three years or until their successors are duly qualified. Terms of office shall begin on January first and must be arranged so that the terms of office of approximately one-third of the members expire on December thirty-first each year. Each member of the board shall qualify by taking the oath provided for civil officers. The oath must be filed with the city auditor. The board of directors shall annually elect members to serve as chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer. They shall also select an executive committee with such powers and duties as may be delegated by the board of directors. Members may be reimbursed from funds available to the authority for mileage and expenses at the rates provided for state employees but members may receive no compensation for service.
The Mayor of the City of Rugby, a county commissioner, a city council member, a representative from the Rugby Public School, (may be) representatives from each financial institution in the community, a representative from the public utilities within the community, and seven at-large members. The policies manual also states that the seven at-large members may only succeed their three–year term only once.
The history behind the current Rugby Job Development Authority membership policies were as a result of loan pool created in the early 1990’s for the Robodyne Project. There was a loan pool committee established to oversee the “loan pool fund” that included local banks, Otter Tail Power and other utility companies for consultation and advice. This committee was formed for the Robodyne project and other similar projects. Local investors and Ottertail “loaned” money to loan pool fund and were paid back when financing was obtained. Ottertail has since divested any money that was originally part of the loan pool. All of the banks were on the loan pool committee because they were taking turns being the lead bank on different projects so that the risk could be spread out.