(Richmond, IN)--Efforts by local leaders to obtain the Elder-Beerman building in Richmond are intensifying. On Monday, the EDC Board gave approval to appoint CEO Valerie Shaffer as the primary point of contact for a bid on the building. The building is set to be auctioned off on September 20 in Chicago. Money for the bid will come from Wayne County’s consolidated EDIT fund. So far, local leaders have not said exactly what is planned for the building, although they have said they don’t want it to become another old Reid. A potential bid amount is also being withheld.