By Terry Pope, Executive Director
As a farmer just finishing spring planting, I have been thinking a lot about plans. I had field plans, what crops I planted and where; marketing plans, what crops to sell and when; and of course, financial plans. This all to be successful. Likewise, Hancock County Economic Development has a Strategic Plan, to help the Hancock County economy be successful.
Business Retention And Expansion
During the first quarter of the year there have been 15 business retention visits. I have had talks with four potential new or expanding businesses. There are three Dollar General stores in various stages in Dallas City, Warsaw, and Nauvoo. Work continues for developing infrastructure and sites throughout the County.
Our Workforce Committee is looking at ways to enhance our high school students’ skills as they enter the workforce; utilizing our youth survey of freshmen, juniors, and seniors; and setting our next employer job fair. HCED continues to work with our SET (Stronger Economies Together)
Vista volunteer to enhance job availability and job applications online with our employers in our SET region of Clark, Lee, and Hancock counties. HCED helped with two successful events, the Southeastern High School Job Fair and the Memorial Hospital Health Career Expo.
Marketing and Recruitment
Our Marketing and Recruitment Committee has been working with meStrong, Inc., of Quincy developing a social media presence and new website. Check out our HCED Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages. We hope you enjoy our new and improved website.
HCED continues to plant the “seeds” to grow our economy.