Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wayne Economic Development Council continuing positive momentum

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published:

WOOSTER -- The success of the Wayne Economic Development Council did not come by accident, but by establishing a vision, following a strategic plan, making tough decisions, engaging the public and private sectors and doing the work.

To keep the momentum moving in a positive direction, the organization embarked on a third Growing a Quality Future Campaign with the aim of raising $2.3 million to tackle five strategic areas:

Growth through existing businesses; attracting new companies; connect business leaders with one another; promote work force development and address infrastructure needs; and continue to provide economic development services at a high level through its public and private partnerships.

Rod Crider, WEDC president, unveiled the public phase of this third campaign Tuesday at the Shisler Center on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Resource and Development Center. The success of the organization has led to more investment in the county and more opportunities for jobs.

For the past eight years, Wooster/Wayne County micropolitan has been ranked among the Top 6 in the United States by Site Selection magazine based on the number and value of qualifying economic development projects. More here.

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