VAN WERT – On Friday morning the Van Wert Economic Advisory Group monthly meeting was hosted by the YMCA Camp Clay. Clint Myers, the Camp Facilitator spoke of team building initiatives provided at Camp Clay and the importance of community pride and support. “Camp Clay is just one more of the many “hidden jewels” in Van Wert that attracts families, their relatives and businesses to the community,” said Myers.

The Van Wert Economic Development Advisory Group also heard from Van Wert City Economic Development Director, Cindy Leis and Program Coordinator, Darlene Myers as they spoke of their efforts pertaining to business retention and expansions visits, marketing projects, the revolving loan program and workforce development.

Leis updated the group on her recent attendance to the Ohio Economic Development Association’s mid-year review in Columbus where JobsOhio and the Development Services Agency previewed strategies for job growth, attraction efforts, including Ohio’s emphasis on foreign direct investment and the “game changer” ad campaign to drive more businesses to Ohio. “Columbus is working for us in a positive way, we just need to be community-ready when we are called to respond to a lead”, said Leis.

The meeting concluded with reports from partnering organizations and a tour of Camp Clay.