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By Russ Green/Richmond News
The Orrick City Council voted to participate in the Ray County Enhanced Enterprise Zone after a presentation Monday by Western Commissioner Mike Twyman. Twyman, appearing on behalf of Molly McGovern of the Mid America Regional Council, explained that the city needed to approve being designated a blighted area to qualify.
Twyman told the council Orrick qualified for the economic portion of the Enterprise Zone after it answered the first question – “are you in a flood plain?
“Because Orrick is in a flood plain, it qualified under blight conditions,” Twyman explained. “The reason they pick a blighted area is basically because you wouldn’t want to come in and put a factory right in the middle of a big housing complex with $500,000 houses, because that’s not blight. They want someplace where they can have economic growth.”
Twyman said that any city has blight in it, but a lot of councils shy away from that label.