VAN WERT — With the Van Wert County Commissioners in the midst of a change in the way economic development is structured in the county, they received support from the townships.

The Van Wert County Township Association Executive Committee met on Jan. 21 to discuss the matter. At least one representative from each of the county’s 12 townships was on hand for the meeting.

The committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of the commissioners. The resolution reads, in part, “Whereas the Van Wert County Commissioners are implementing initiatives to build a strong and viable economic development plan that will attract new industry, as well as enable local companies and industry to invest in growth and expansion in Van Wert County, be it therefore resolved that the Van Wert County Township Association Executive Committee supports the Van Wert County Commissioners in their endeavors to secure and maintain an effective, working economic development program for Van Wert County.”

In December the commissioners ended a contract with Ohio State University Extension to supply an educator as the county’s economic development director. A new economic development plan is in the process of being finalized with a director to be hired directly by the commissioners. Specific details of the plan have not been officially released.

Officials with OSU Extension have expressed the desire to continue to work with interested parties in the county to continue economic development work, although not as the official county office. A contract to facilitate that relationship has also not been finalized.