Local officials react cautiously to economic development report

Teamwork is the key, so economic development officials in Erie County are trying to get the players together. The cou
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

Teamwork is the key, so economic development officials in Erie County are trying to get the players together.

The county's main economic development group, the Erie County Economic Development Corp., has issued a new report that is meant to serve as the "business plan" for job creation here.

The plan emphasizes that it's important for local governments to cooperate as a region rather than competing against each other.

Tim Riesterer, a member of the ECEDC board, said the group is trying to put together a PowerPoint presentation, about 15 minutes long, that can be used to summarize the report to local governments, civic clubs and other organizations.

Riesterer is president of the Erie County Township Association, which will meet next month. Riesterer said he hopes to give the presentation to his group.

"I don't know how many of the townships have had a chance to view the report," he said. "It hasn't really been disseminated yet."

When ECEDC released the new plan at an Aug. 5 meeting at BGSU Firelands, Dennis Murray Jr., president of the Sandusky City Commission, challenged all political subdivisions in Erie County to formally endorse the plan by the end of the month. Sandusky's city commission endorsed it days later.

Find out what each local government had to say about the report in Sunday's Register or in the Erie County special section.