Nice job by Brian Lockhart, CT Post. His story below:
When Mayor Bill Finch recently announced his administration was partnering with the corporate community to revive the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. (BEDCO, which employed Finch in his pre-mayoral life) it was uncertain whether the entity should abide by state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws.
In other words, should BEDCO’s meetings and business, within reason, be open to the public and the press?
On the one hand BEDCO is a private nonprofit partnership between the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and the city. On the other, the city is a public entity, has representatives on the BEDCO board and the Finch administration is contributing $40,000 to the BEDCO budget.
I’d asked the friendly folks at the state Freedom of Information Commission (well, friendly as long as you don’t mess with the FOIA) for advice on BEDCO. They said I’d probably have a decent case BEDCO should follow Freedom of Information requirements but it would not be certain until our newspapers filed a formal complaint with the commission.
They suggested I make a friendly request to the city and Bridgeport Regional Business Council that the BEDCO board in the spirit of openness comply with the FOIA. I did and they did.
So here for all of you BEDCO watchers is the agenda for the board’s August 7 meeting. This paperwork has been filed with the City Clerk and will be available in that office going forward.
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: BEDCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FROM: STEPHANIE LINDLEY
DATE: JULY 26, 2012
Please be advised that there will be a BEDCO Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council Offices, 10 Middle Street, 14th Floor, Conference Room “A”, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Enclosed for your preview are the draft meeting agenda and minutes from the last meeting. A complete meeting package will be sent to you at a later date.
BEDCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Bridgeport Regional Business Council Offices
10 Middle Street, 14th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Draft Meeting Agenda
I. Approval of July 9 Meeting Minutes
II. Confirmation of July 9 Board Actions/RESOLUTION
III. Freedom of Information Compliance
IV. Corporate Status
V. Report of By Laws Committee/RESOLUTION
VI. Review of Staff Job Description Draft/Next Steps
VII. Status of Renewable Energy Park Application
VIII. Status of Minority Contract Initiative
IX. Status of Quarterly DECD Report
X. Don Eversley Remarks
XI. Seaview Industrial Park Update/Funding/Meeting Request/Next Steps
XII. Other Business
XIII. Meeting Calendar/RESOLUTION