Keith Gillenwatter, president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), gave a 2012 year-end report to members of the LaGrange County Council Monday.
“Last year was another good year for economic development in LaGrange County,” he said. “We had seven wins for the year with investments of $8.88 million. This is our best investment year. Probably the best news is that our average wage is up to $20.59 an hour from the $13 per hour recorded in 2009.”
“We ranked second in business starts for the 10-county Northeastern Indiana area which includes Allen County,” he continued. “Our county was third in counseling and contacts. We have continued to implement the county strategic economic development plan. Our programs include shovel-ready preparation, keeping a hand on executive pulse, streamlining the permit process, and tending to the shell building program. We have continued to increase our marketing efforts with an increased amount of site visits to county employers, attending more trade shows, visiting with consultants, providing industry profile sheets and rack cards and upgrading our website. In addition, we did a holiday mailer that featured Plyley’s Candies that was well received, produced a direct mail piece, and placed a billboard along the toll road. All of these things have positioned us for 2013 when we will continue to implement the county economic development plan.”
Council members thanked Gillenwater for his leadership in helping LaGrange County rebound from the economic down-turn experienced in the last five years.