As of April 1st, the Hancock County Economic Development office is now located at 2005 East Highway 136 on the east side of Carthage. Our mailing address is PO Box 484, Carthage, IL 62321. We are sharing space with Hancock County EMS. This will provide us with more visibility and a good place to meet with people. Thank you to the Hancock County Board and EMS for working with us.
BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION
In the past six months, there have been 25 business visits. I have talked to 4 potential new or expanding businesses. HCED has also seen the fruition of the first Business Plan Grant awards by having two recipients, each receiving $10,000.00.
Two years ago a survey was given to freshmen, juniors, and seniors. Later this year, we plan to resurvey the freshmen, who are now juniors, to see if their thoughts have changed. HCED was also involved in two successful events: the Memorial Hospital Health Career Expo and the Southeastern High School Job Fair. We continue to look for ways to partner with our businesses and schools to enhance our workforce.
MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT
Our Marketing and Recruitment Committee continues to be actively developing our website and social media. They had a successful winter picture contest through our Facebook page, selecting three winners who each received a $25.00 gift certificate to Dairy Queen. HCED has also been promoting our investor businesses by having a half-page article in the Hancock County Journal-Pilot.
This will be my last newsletter before I retire. I have had a great experience. We should all look forward
to the next chapter as HCED continues to enhance the economic vitality of Hancock County.