Sunday, March 16, 2014

Firm starts to assess Washington County, Va., economic assets


ABINGDON, Va. -- The economic development firm hired by the Washington County Board of Supervisors has started to determine the county’s economic assets with the goal of attracting more industry.

Janet Ady, president and CEO of Ady Voltedge, of Wisconsin, and Phil Schneider, founder of Schneider Consulting, have been in the county this week looking at sites and meeting with businesses and county officials. They gave an update to the county's Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.

"One of the biggest mistakes local and regional economic development groups makes ... is to go full steam into marketing without understanding ... what the assets are, what the audience is," Ady said. "Part of our goal ... is to also bring you along so you know what you've got."  More here.

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