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EDC 'gun' loaded: Projects in barrel, waiting for turn in U.S. economy

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By WILLIAM LANEY, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News  -  The economic development gun is loaded with potential projects, a Wapakoneta business leader says, but site selection consultants and company executives are cautious to pull the trigger in light of current economic conditions.

RLF Healthy, Available

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By WILLIAM LANEY, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News
Helping individuals and business executives with economic development strategies is a responsibility of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC), but the private business board also can help financially.
WAEDC Executive Director Greg Myers said he also can assist entrepreneurs and business executives with new and expanding business ventures through the city’s revolving loan fund (RLF) option.

WAEDC Announces Assistant Director Resignation

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The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) announced today the resignation of Assistant Director Erin Hollenbacher.  Hollenbacher has served as assistant director of the local economic development agency since March 2008.  She and her family will be relocating to the Columbus area.  A search for her replacement will begin immediately.

Wapak in Sites Top 10

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By WILLIAM LANEY, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News
For the first time, Wapakoneta and Auglaize County broke into the top 10, while Ohio maintained its Governor’s Cup Award with Site Selection magazine.
Wapakoneta and Auglaize County placed 9th in the country for micropolitans on the magazine’s list of leading cities and counties with fewer than 50,000 people for new and expanded facilities in 2008. Ohio, which has captured the title seven times overall, earned the ranking for the third straight year.

City Backs Funding WAEDC

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By William Laney, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News    

Wapakoneta's status as being one of the first state-certified Job Ready Sites and with continued growth in the city's Revolving Loan Fund serving as indications of progress made by the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) this past year, two city-elected officials say they have adequate reasons for the city to continue its level of funding for the organization.

WAEDC Membership Directory

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Click here for a current membership directory. A brief description along with contact information is provided for each company. The company can be found in alphabetical order under one of the following categories:






Physicians & Hospitals

Sales & Services

Individual & Public Sector Investors


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Wapak Makes Micropolitan List For Second Year

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By WILLIAM LANEY, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News
For the second consecutive year, the city of Wapakoneta earned top 20 status in Site Selection magazine's ranking of micropolitans, helping Ohio win the Governor's Cup as the state beat out Texas.
The national magazine ranked Wapakoneta tied for 17th with six other cities for business and manufacturing site selection. The rankings are based on increases in square footage, employment and capital investments by companies.

EDC Shows Team Spirit

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By William Laney, Managing Editor, Wapakoneta Daily News             With a Wapakoneta manufacturing site moving toward Ohio Job Ready Sites certification, members of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) are considering ways to market the community to potential end-users.