Count Perkins in.
Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the Erie County Strategic Action Plan. Written by AngelouEconomics and commissioned by the Erie County Economic Development Corp., the plan spells out ways Erie County can turn itself into an economically vibrant region.
Political subdivisions are racing to adopt the plan. At the plan's unveiling last week, Sandusky City Commissioner Dennis Murray Jr. challenged every political subdivision in the county to adopt the plan by the end of the month.
Trustee Jeff Ferrell, who attended the unveiling at BGSU Firelands, said what strikes him most from the plan is the various political subdivisions must work better together to make the region economically viable and attract businesses.
“The key finding was that Erie County is adversely affected by territorialism and lack of cooperation,” Ferrell said.
A key recommendation of the strategic action plan is for local communities to sign an agreement stating they will refrain from stealing jobs from each other.
“It’s important we adopt it and make it part of our guidelines,” Ferrell said.
Trustee Tim Coleman lauded the plan. Keeping and attracting people to Erie County in the age group of 25-44 is key, Coleman said.
“There are seeds to greatness” in Erie County, Coleman said.
The trustees voted to approve a resolution rezoning a portion of land owned by NASA off of U.S. 250. NASA wants to build a business park on the land and then lease it out to companies that work with NASA.
Coleman pointed out the rezoning is an example of Perkins is looking to help move Erie County forward economically. The trustees tabled the rezoning at a July 22 meeting after a citizen complained her property was part of the land NASA wanted to rezone. It turned out the map was marked in error, and the woman’s property was not part of the land NASA wanted rezoned.