Pierce defends TCD,WNHO administrative structure

Twin Cities Development Executive Director Rawnda Pierce says administering TCD and Western Nebraska Housing Opportunities with the same people is the most efficient way for the two organizations to operate. Thursday Scottsbluff council members Ray Gonzales and Scott Shaver said they favored having separate staffs for the two organizations.

Pierce says they have considered what the councilmen are suggesting, but even the state agencies the two organizations work with agree the current administrative structure is the most cost effective.

Pierce says WNHO has rehabilitated or constructed close to 45 new homes and added $3.5 million in valuation to Scottsbluff and Gering, approximately $1.8 million in each community. Fourteen of those homes were constructed by Magnolia Homes in a cooperative TCD project with the city of Gering and helped the struggling local business stay afloat.

Gonzales and Shaver would also like to have a council member on the TCD Board who has voting authority, but Pierce says the board was reorganized several years ago to have only private sector members to remove politics from any decision.

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