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WAEDC E-Newsletter Oct 2009

WAEDC Fall Membership Event - at Ametek

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Our Fall membership event will be held at Ametek Winchester Plastics at 14097 Cemetery Road, Wapakoneta.  It will include networking opportunities, refreshments, and plant tours at 5:00PM and 5:45PM.  Sponsors for the event are Ametek, Grand Lake Health Systems and Superior Federal Credit Union. 

Refreshments will be catered by Cloud Nine.  Guests are welcome to attend.  This is a great opportunity to see what goes on inside one of Wapakoneta's biggest industries.   We hope to hold similar events at other businesses in the community. 

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  To RSVP, call Heather Nolte at (419) 738-6807 or

West Central Ohio Industrial Center - Leader on 

Wapakoneta's JRS Site at I-75 and US 33 is the website's most popular property.

September 2009 statistics for Ohio's new site location web site,, shows the West Central Ohio site as the most viewed property.  We are excited that what we do is getting attention in the site selection and economic development communities. 

You can access Ohio InSite at

Wright Patterson Air Force Base Tour Held on Oct. 2

DDC Tour helped in making connections between West Central Ohio and WPAFB

Twelve local business and government people from Wapakoneta and Auglaize County participated in the Dayton Development Coalition's Wright Patterson Air Force Base tour on October 2.  Participants spent time with base commander Colonel Brad Spacey, who gave an overview of base operations and the $4.3 billion economic impact it has on the region.  The group had a chance to talk with him about the ways companies can do business with the base and its supplier network.  Retired Air Force General Lou Ferraro is now working with the Dayton Development Coalition to help with base relations and the procurement process.  The recent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan will bring several thousand more Air Force related jobs into the Dayton region.  Wapakoneta and Auglaize County are hoping to become engaged in that process.

Student Intern Opportunity at WAEDC

Local high school and college students are encouraged to apply

The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council is looking for student interns to help with several research projects.  WAEDC has had success in the past with its internship program and is excited to offer this opportunity to other local students. 

A link to more information and an application can be found by clicking here.

Arcadia Publishing - Images of America - Wapakoneta

Local woman is finishing a 120-page photo history of Wapakoneta

Written by Dianne Dodds Knipp, a retired school teacher, the book, Wapakoneta, has done a remarkable job in discovering "new" historic images of the community.  This is a 120-page photo history of Wapakoneta, and Arcadia Publishing anticipates having the book available for sale in May 2010.  This book is the latest in Arcadia's Images of America series, which it sells online and in bookstores and historic sites all over the country.  Arcadia also aggressively sells to public and university libraries, which will put Wapakoneta on the book shelves throughout the nation.  A small profit from the books sold locally will benefit the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, a group of business and civic leaders that work to preserve, enhance and revitalize Wapakoneta's historic downtown district.

The Athletic Club Opens in Downtown Wapakoneta

24-Hour fitness facility moves to a new location in historic downtown

The Athletic Club opened on October 5 at 16 E. Auglaize Street, Suite 200, occupying the entire second floor of the Chase Bank Building.  Members will have more than 40 pieces of cardio equipment, strength training machines and a wide variety of free weights to use.  Rebecca Manger, Wapakoneta native and ACE certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, will manage the new facility.  The Club had been previously located at 625 Commerce Drive in Wapakoneta.

The Club will provide a variety of other services at an additional cost, including group fitness classes, personal training, licensed massage therapy, reflexology, yoga therapy, a certified Reiki master and many more. 

A grand opening celebration is planned October 5-10, noon to 7PM and Saturday 10am-1pm.  The public is invited to stop by for a tour of their new facility.  For more information, call Rebecca Manger at (419) 738-7000 or (419) 348-6057.