In January 2014, the County Commissioners were faced with the resignation of the Director of Economic Development. They took this opportunity to examine the best practices and best area economic development organizations. Their analysis strongly suggested that economic development efforts should be led by the private sector rather than the public sector. They then reached out to the private sector to test viability. Within a very short time, over 60 businesses had signed up and committed their financial and personal support.
Matt Gilroy was hired as the new Economic Development Executive Director; eight standing committees were formed and are quite active. Currently there are several retention and attraction projects that are in process. Most notably NatureFresh announced its intent to locate in Fulton County and invest $200M and bring 300 jobs to the area. NatureFresh intends to break ground this spring in property located on the north side of Airport Highway across from NorthStar. Neil Toeppe, Wauseon Chamber Executive Director, sits on the Executive Committee of this organization.
The Chamber Annual Dinner was held this past December and the Citizen of the Year, Don Matthews, was announced, along with Don Hayati receiving the “I Love Wauseon Award.” Wendell and Cora Wood were recognized with the Public Service Award, and the Boy Scout Troop 208 received the Extra Mile Award.
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