4/22/2013 10:30:00 PM New Economic Development Department to bolster business attraction, retention
FAIRBORN — As a result of the city’s leadership to increase business focus, a new economic development strategic plan has been developed for 2013. This plan aims to increase business development services and resources for local businesses as well as those considering relocating in the city. The first step of the plan created a division with a director, Chris Wimsatt, and a budget, both of which are now complete. “The department needed to be created in order to capitalize on opportunities, especially having regional anchors like Wright-Patt and Wright State University,” said Wimsatt. “We need to be aggressive and go after them. Trying to be aggressive in Community Development and focusing on revitalization while pursing economic development and growth requires a leader in each area; we simply couldn’t do them both effectively with one person.” Moving forward, the city has nearly 100 action items to complete over the next number of years. Some of these include launch of a new economic development website, new programming and activities, construction consulting services. Also in development are new business training programs designed to provide resources for specific company issues that are discovered through proactive outreach efforts. Already in the planning process, the First Steps Program is designed to assist those interested in renovating property to expand within the city by providing direct marketing material, and reorganization of the city’s non-profit development entity. The division will launch its own website, www. fairborndevelopment.org, later this spring. The site will act as a ‘one stop shop’ to assist business decision makers with necessary information for site selection in Fairborn. The city website will unveil a new look in late spring, visit www.ci.fairborn.oh.us.