In my view asking if the donations the Johnson City Power Board makes support economic development is not the most important question.
The Power Board’s main focus should be to provide the lowest cost power to its customers. Clearly that’s not the main goal since the word “power” is not even in their mission statement.
I would not have them spend any money that did not support lower power costs. Any donation they make increases the cost to their customers.
Please continue to bring this kind of story to the attention of the public and please do not present it as praise for how they are spending money that came from their paying customers.