Marshall County Economic Development Corporation was making the rounds at City Council meetings this week.
The organization looks to both attract and retain companies in the Marshall County area. Executive Director Jerry Chavez appeared before the Plymouth Common Council and the Culver Town Council to review what his organization has been working to accomplish.
He says they will continue to respond to businesses inquiring about the area.
“Last year there were 21 inquiries. 21 individuals, 21 companies asked us to submit information on sites, buildings, and general information on the communities as a whole,” says Chavez.
The MCEDC has been working with various organizations with the hope of earning a $42-million Regional Cities Initiative grant that hopes to attract population to the Marshall County, Elkhart, and St. Joseph county areas.
The organization says they will continue to make business visits and maintain contact with companies that are interested in their services.
Chavez says plenty of resources have come together for the grant application.
“These ideas are projects that will transform their area,” says Chavez. “Marshall County has really embraced this. Representatives from Culver have attended. In at least three meetings, 100 people have come together to join that effort.”
Five site tours were produced from those inquiries.
Both Plymouth and Culver expressed an interest in doing more to help economic development in the Marshall County area. Communication between the bodies was cited as key in future business attraction.
The complete Marshall County Economic Development talk can be heard this Sunday at Noon on Maximum Impact.