MURPHYSBORO — The Jackson County Board’s legislative committee Tuesday recommended several appointments to committees charged with overseeing a cooperative port district, the airport authority and a regional tourism group.

Murphysboro resident David Ardrey was recommended to the Southern Illinois Airport Authority board over longtime member Stephen Kunce, who sought re-appointment. Ardrey, an outreach director at SIU Carbondale and an avid flyer, was tabbed over Kunce in what committee Chairman John Rendleman described as a tough choice because of both men’s qualifications.

“I wish we had this embarrassment of riches all the time,” Rendleman said.

Both men said they wanted to see student housing near the airport and movement toward an air park residential area with access to runways.

Ardrey said the airport needed to improve its marketing outside Jackson County to fulfill its potential as a catalyst for economic development.

Samuel Goldman and Kenneth Buzbee were recommended to serve on the Jackson and Union Counties Port District, which has broad authority over economic development but a slim history of action.

Goldman said he hoped to change that perception, and one business has already put out feelers about locating in the district.

“We really need to get in the game quickly,” Goldman said.

Goldman is a retired SIUC chancellor and former Carbondale mayoral candidate. Doherty is the director of the Jackson Growth Alliance.

They bested two other candidates for recommendation, Robert Chapman and Jeff Doherty. Rendleman described Champman as having a good shot at being appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to the port district board.

Dorothy Lada was recommended to fill one of three county appointments to the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, which earlier this year was approved as the county’s tourism partner. County Board member Edward Benyas was also recommended, pending reelection in November. One seat is still open.

County Board Chairman John Evans has final approval of appointees.

The Jackson County Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro.


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Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Jeff Doherty as being named to the port district board and had Louise Osmon, not Dorothy Lada, on the tourism board. Osmon was recommended for the Jackson County Mass Transit board. 

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Where is the port?


Ever notice there are NEVER any successful business people ever on this Board! Same government bureaucrats on a board pro porting to "help" the local economy. Let me clue you people in, Government Bureaucrats will NEVER make this happen.

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