Economic update given at City Council meeting
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:54 AM
BY ED GEBERT
Van Wert City Economic and Community Development Director Cindy Leis gives Van Wert City Council members a recap of the past six months and the goals for the upcoming months.
VAN WERT -- City Council members got a preview of a promotional video for Van Wert featuring several businesses from around the county offering testimonials for Van Wert. A series of four videos will be featured on the whyvanwert.org website, one of those will focus on the Van Wert Super Site, the 1,600-acre industrial site on the city's northeast side. The videos are in the final editing process at this time.
The Super Site is still working toward certification by the State of Ohio, according to Van Wert City Economic and Community Development Director Cindy Leis. All signs point to certification coming sometime before the end of 2014.
Much of Leis' report discussed current top 30 employers in the county, 26 of which are in the City of Van Wert. Business Retention and Expansion efforts continue from the OSU extension-backed office. In teh 2013 BR &E report, 37.5 percent reported a growth in sales. For 2014, 41 percent predicted sales growth during the year and 58.8 percent of the employers were planning to increase the workforce during 2014.
Leis also announced that 59 acres of Vision Industrial Park has been submitted to AEP Ohio for a possible Food Processing and Beverage Certification. Five sites in Ohio will be certified for consideration for that project sometime before the end of 2015.
The Regional Growth Partnership hosted a Familiarization Tour this summer to give industrial site consultations an opportunity to learn more about possible business sites in Northwest Ohio. The Van Wert Super Site was presented at that conference.
The department has offered the workshop Starting Right" in several villages in the county thus far in 2014. Sessions have been offered in Convoy, Middle Point, and Ohio City, and rescheduled dates are on the calendar this fall for Delphos and Willshire.
Also offering reports were Darlene Meyers who updated the situation with the Revolving Loan Program and Main Street Van Wert Program Manager Adam Ries providing an update on downtown business and a grant program to make funds available to make improvements to downtown buildings.
Council members also passed the tax budget which passed a public hearing earlier in the evening.