At its meeting Wednesday, the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission board of directors formed a committee to evaluate the benefits of remaining a member of the Research Triangle Regional Park — a public-private partnership that serves about 15 counties, including Vance, Granville and Warren.

The partnership aims to promote economic development in the Research Triangle and surrounding counties.

Membership in RTRP came under discussion last year when the partnership increased their dues from 10 cents per capita to 30 cents per capita.

The increase in membership dues raised the economic development commission’s contribution by more than $9,000.

Last month, the Vance County Board of Commissioners approved the increase in funding, but some EDC board members have questioned whether the organization is worthwhile.

Commissioner Tommy Hester was the only one who voted against the funding increase.

“We've been a member of that board since the year 2000. The county's paid them $53,567.62, and I've not seen one job," Hester said at the meeting last month. "I think enough time is enough time. We need to try another direction."

Tom Church, chairman of the EDC board, said the committee will determine whether the county should renew its membership for next year.

“I think we all have some questions,” Church said Wednesday. “I think there is some misconception on what the job (of RTRP) is so that is another part of this committee’s work.”

Board member Bob Herford suggested the board keep track of substantive communication, such as emails and phone calls, between the EDC members and the partnership’s representatives.

“The thing I am particularly concerned about is what is the interplay between the two organizations,” Herford said. “We are not going to know what is happening unless we have some basis on which to judge.”

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