Monday, April 23, 2012

Ansonia Partners for Progress

Village Council again approves backing of County’s Economic Development Initiative

Ansonia Mayor Jerry Koverman presents the village's 2012 Partnering for Progress (P4P) contribution to Jim Poeppelman, President of the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). The CIC is the governing board of the county's economic development office. Ansonia joined the P4P effort in 2011.
ANSONIA- The Village of Ansonia has committed again in 2012 to being an investor in Darke County’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative, designed to foster a collaborative county-wide economic development effort. In 2011, Ansonia became the fourth individual county community to join the effort and is one of 62 contributors overall.

“The collaboration that this initiative has fostered throughout the county has been invaluable to development efforts these past few years as well as to planning for future opportunities,” stated Ansonia Mayor Jerry Koverman. “This effort brings the proper resources into play on every opportunity brought to the county and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The P4P initiative is a collaborative effort between the county economic development office, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the county commissioners, and numerous private investors. It is supported by both public and private dollars and aims to promote the expansion of existing county industry, the attraction of new business, and the development of the tools and resources required to achieve both. Because of these goals, Economic Development (ED) Director Marc Saluk said that the support of the various communities, political entities, and non-profit organizations is vital.

“The expertise we gain when working on any given project by having all hands on deck really gives us a leg-up on other counties and economic development organizations,” explained Saluk. “Not everyone is able to work together the way Darke has since the Partnership has solidified.”

P4P successes over the last few years include business attraction projects like Continental Carbonic Dry Ice Company and retention projects such as The FRAMGroup. The initiative has also found success developing new resources and funding opportunities for business and has leveraged over $18 million in state incentives for local projects. Overall, the Partnership has assisted companies create or retain over 670 positions in Darke County. Saluk stated that top priorities for 2012 are workforce development and the growth of agribusiness opportunities.

Those interested in learning more about the county’s economic development efforts can call the ED office at 548-3250.

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