WAYNE – Join in on several meetings during the month of February to discuss different potential recruitment targets for economic development to concentrate on over the next few years.
Starting Tuesday, January 7 there will be seven, one-hour meetings held in the south meeting room of the City Auditorium.
Wes Blecke is the Executive Director for Wayne Area Economic Development. The four core committees, Marketing, Revitalize Wayne, Organization, Business & Industry as well as staff suggested the topics which Blecke then narrowed down.
“It was kind of a voting of how many people talked about a certain targets,” said Blecke. “Also, our executive committed looked at them before we finalized them down to these seven to discuss.”
Five of the seven meetings will be held over the lunch hour, feel free to bring your own lunch.
Tuesday, February 7 at Noon – Agricultural-based
Wednesday, February 8 at Noon – Advanced Manufacturing
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 a.m. – Wind (both farms and supply chain)
Wednesday, February 15 at 4 p.m. – Warehousing/Logistics
Thursday, February 16 at Noon – WSC graduates/students
Tuesday, February 21 at Noon – Back office
Wednesday, February 22 at Noon – Retail
About four years ago Wayne did this same process, but before a consultant and the state of Nebraska came in and collected data. Blecke added there was another way.
“We said even though the data might say we should be going after a certain target if that’s not what the community wants or thinks is important we shouldn’t be doing that,” Blecke added.
Each Target meeting is open to the public.
The information taken from each meeting will help prioritize which targets the Wayne Area Economic Development (WAED) staff presents to the WAED board for consideration. Blecke hopes during the March 16 Board of Directors meeting they will consider 2-4 of their recommendations.
“They will either approve those recommendations or they’ll discuss and make changes,” Blecke mentioned. “Then once we have those targets I’ll report them to the state saying this is what Wayne is going after. So, if you have anything that fits these categories please get us those prospects so we can pursue further.”
For questions contact the office at 402-375-2440.