WEDC Named One of Top U.S. Economic Development Groups for 2015

Third Year in A Row for Recognition by Site Selection Magazine

Published Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Wayne Economic Development Council (WEDC) has been named one of the Top U.S. Economic Development Groups for 2015 by Site Selection magazine, an achievement earned three years in a row. Site Selection’s newly minted Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development, formerly known as Top Groups, applauds the Top Economic Development Agencies of the previous year in both metropolitan and micropolitan areas.

Earlier this year, the Wayne County/Wooster micropolitan area also was named a Top 10 Micro by Site Selection magazine for business activity in 2015. It marks the tenth consecutive year that Wayne County has finished in the Top Ten.

“This highly-coveted national recognition is well deserved by the Wayne Economic Development Council,” said WEDC president Rod Crider. “Our collaborative and comprehensive approach to economic and community development has propelled Wayne County to becoming one of the most successful and desirable business location in the U.S.”

In selecting the honorees, Site Selection uses objective criteria such as the total number of jobs created and total amount of investment, as well as per capita investment and jobs created in the region. Subjectively, they also look at unique ways EDOs are addressing critical issues in their communities.

“Locations throughout the U.S. and in every region of the world compete aggressively for direct investment at home and from abroad,” says Mark Arend, Site Selection Editor in Chief. “Those appearing on these rankings have demonstrated with actual project numbers and other measures that they have the location attributes most in demand by capital investors.”

The Wayne Economic Development Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016 and works to promote and facilitate business retention and strategic business growth in Wayne County. It is a public-private partnership funded by over 130 organizations and led by a 12 member board of directors and 20-member Advisory Council.  To achieve its goals of raising the per capita income in Wayne County and growing the number of jobs, the WEDC team focuses on five strategic business priorities that include business retention, business attraction, engaging businesses, product development and internal performance.

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