Characteristics of a Model JECDB

The model JECDB shown below was provided to assist local governments in the development of their JECDBs. It is based in part upon JECDBs created in Wilson and Decatur Counties. This model meets all of the requirements of Section 15 of the statute (TCA §6-58-114) and incorporates provisions regarded by these communities or the TACIR staff as useful in meeting the intent of the law.

Category Required and Suggested Characteristics
(Characteristics listed in bold are minimum requirements)
  • County Executive or County Mayor
  • Two County Commissioners
  • The Mayor or City Manager of each city in a county
  • Mayors of smaller cities on a rotating basis
  • Three City Commissioners, Aldermen, or administrators
  • A member of private sector selected by the Executive Committee of the largest Chamber of Commerce
  • A member of private sector selected by next largest association of businesses in the county
  • A member of private sector selected by the other non-Executive Committee members of the Board
  • Three private citizens, at least one of which owns Greenbelt property
Terms of Office
  • The County Executive and Mayors serve by virtue of their executive positions in government.
  • The remaining positions are staggered four-year terms. The persons first selected to “even number positions” shall have an initial two-year term, thereafter serving for four-year terms. The “odd numbered positions” are for four years from the onset. Vacancies occur for elected officials at the point that person ceases to be a member of that body. All vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the term.
  • Members shall be eligible for re-selection, if otherwise eligible for that position.
  • Terms shall begin on the first day of January of the applicable year.


Upon election of a majority of the Board, the interlocal agreement becomes effective, with the County Executive calling the time and place of the first organizational meeting. Provision is made for election of a temporary Chairman and Secretary pending ratification of the interlocal agreement by all participating governments.

Ex-Officio Members It may be desirable for a JECDB to include certain ex-officio members to serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity for communication and coordination purposes by virtue of their positions. Possible ex-officio members include:
  • Executive Director of the Largest Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Director of the 2nd Largest Chamber of Commerce
  • The Superintendent of the County School System
  • The Superintendent of the Largest City School System or Special School District
  • Representative(s) from local institutes of higher education
  • The Chairman of the Industrial Development Board
  • Additional ex-officio non-voting members on such terms and conditions as the Board deems desirable
Responsibilities of the Board
  • To set policy and priorities
  • To approve an annual operating budget and request funds from participating governmental bodies
  • To hire and/or terminate the director of the organization
  • To develop and maintain a strategic, long-range economic and community development plan
  • To coordinate economic and community development activities with existing governmental agencies
  • To make periodic progress and status reports to appropriate governmental bodies
  • To hold regular meetings, the frequency of which should be at least quarterly
  • To elect officers
  • To annually designate private sector and private citizen members to serve on Executive Committee
  • To appoint ad hoc committees, advisory groups, and ex-officio members as deemed desirable
  • To establish a job description for the director of the organization
Composition of Executive Committee
  • County Executive or County Mayor
  • The Mayor or City Manager of each city in county (Section 15 requires at least the mayors or city managers of the larger municipalities in the county)
  • A member of the private sector serving on the board; selected by other private sector members of the board
  • A private citizen serving on the board; selected by the other private citizen members of the board
Responsibilities of Executive Committee
  • To administer policies of the Board
  • To recommend an annual operating budget to the board
  • To recommend the hiring or termination of the director
  • To supervise the daily operations of the organization and director
  • To hold regular meetings (minimum of four meetings per year)
  • To meet on call as needed (in addition to monthly meetings)
  • To select officers of the Executive Committee
Funding and Budgets as Outlined in PC 1101, Section 15 (g)(1) and (2)
  • Jointly funded by all participating governments, based on population percentage times the budget need
  • Precise funding formula and revision based on special census as outlined in Act
  • Board may accept and expend donations, grants, and payments from persons and entities other than the participating governments