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MCEDC Community Leaders Discuss Development Progress & Next Steps

May 23, 2013
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  05/24/13  On Wednesday, the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)  held  a “County Development for the Future  II” event at  the  Swan Lake Resort  & Conference Center.   The purpose of this event, attended by 31 participants representing the County Commissioners, Town and City Councils, Redevelopment Commissions, and other community groups, was to report  progress on action items set out at the prior session and discuss future development opportunities throughout the County.

  The  event  was a follow up to the successful “County Development for the Future”  event  held in February.  It was at this  prior  event that  many of  local  leaders  laid out some positive steps  that were necessary to begin a proactive approach to new development. Representatives from each municipality in Marshall County, as well as the County itself reported  action taken towards completion of their goals.  Some of the accomplishments since February were significant. The Town of Argos purchased a 75 acre greenfield site for new manufacturing facilities.  Each community also expressed areas where some assistance may be needed to get past a particular obstacle to new development.

  Jay Bahr, Executive Director of the MCEDC, stated that,  “MCEDC can find the solutions to  overcome obstacles to  development, either in-house with our own  expertise, by  connecting communities  to  our network of development professionals, or through our relationships  we maintain  with governmental agencies and officials.”

The event was facilitated by  Shawn Peterson,  CEO  &  President of the  Corporate  Partnership for Economic Growth  (CPEG).   Mr. Peterson’s former position with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation allowed him to share insight into the  interactions the state and  economic development organizations, such as MCEDC,have with site selectors.

  “Generally  site and building  requests come in with a requirement for a 48 hour turn -around.   If the information is not readily available, a community will not make the cut,” said Mr. Peterson. He continued that next to an available building or site, the next key factor is an available and educated workforce.

At the conclusion of the event, the group decided to reconvene to continue to the discussion  and report back on continued progress.

About Marshall County Economic Development Corporation:  Since 2007, The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has been the countywide economic development organization dedicated to assisting existing business in any growth endeavor and in attracting new business.    Our mission is to expand and  diversify the economy through investment in new and existing businesses and creating a foundation for successful entrepreneurial activity. Visit MCEDC on the web at www.marshallcountyedc.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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