The Executive Committee of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council will be meeting Wednesday to discuss ERC Executive Director Jon Blinder’s recent arrest on four counts of securities fraud. Blinder was named one of four co-defendends in a complaint filed by the state Attorney General regarding their operation of Gold Country Lenders . ERC board chair Kimberly Parker says Blinder is an independent contractor that has served as the interim executive director since January 2012. With his leadership the ERC has gained strength and momentum in addressing economic issues in the community. Parker says, at this point Blinder is still their Executive Director.
Parker says the Economic Resource Council is in a very strong position and has great leadership with Jon Blinder. She says the ERC also has a strong Board and is absolutely moving forward with their work with the County and will release and Economic Forecast of Nevada County coming up in November. The ERC recently won a $120,000 contract approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to attract more visitors to the county. A statement from Board of Supervisors Chair, Ted Owens, says “The Economic Resource Council has been a valued County partner for many years in providing economic development services in our region. Going forward, the County will continue to work with the ERC Board of Directors and its Chair, Kimberly Parker, on current and ongoing projects. We are confident that the ERC Board will take the appropriate steps in dealing with this issue.”
Jon Blinder has professed his innocence and issued a statement to KNCO saying , “As I am discussing my situation with counsel, I have realized that it is not the appropriate time to discuss this matter. I will answer all these untrue charges in due time. I do want to publicly thank the truly overwhelming support from my friends and associates who have responded to me on Facebook and by email. It is truly heartwarming and gratifying that the work I have done in this community is acknowledged with all the trust and love I have received and have deeply felt. My gratitude has no bounds.”
Blinder is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges October 23rd.