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Executive Director Message
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Executive Director Message
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As I become acclimated to my new position with the Holmes County Economic Development Council, it appears that the proverbial dust from the economic collapse of 2008/2009 has settled. Data gathered from my meetings with various local business leaders affirms that area companies have emerged from the financial fallout and are soaring to new heights. The HCEDC has been happy to help facilitate business recovery and growth by offering incentives to multiple local companies that are undertaking expansion projects, as well as assisting outside enterprises in their endeavors to locate operations in the area.

While the widespread business growth has been generally positive for the area, it has not been without certain challenges. Feedback from various business owners has been unanimous in identifying workforce shortages as the top obstacle to growth. The HCEDC is responding to these concerns by creating innovative collaborations with key stakeholders and educators to develop multi-faceted solutions. In addition, the HCEDC is leveraging its relationships with regional partners and using its leadership role on the Workforce Policy Board and other organizations to improve the availability and sustainability of local talent.

Additionally, the HCEDC will support the Holmes County business community by continuing to offer a portfolio of services that includes: securing favorable financing, arranging tax incentives, and providing training resources. The HCEDC will also strive to increase its visibility in, and value to, the community by taking a leadership role in a number of new initiatives designed to create economic opportunities that support local industry and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Holmes County.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service to your business.

Sincerely,

Mark E. Leininger