EDC committee wants to survey residents

While its interested in the findings of a commercial recruitment firm hired by the city, a Vandalia Economic Development Commission committee also wants the thoughts of another group as it works to lure new business to town.

Dale Timmermann, chairman of the EDCs commercial recruitment committee, said at last weeks commission meeting that the committee wants to go through the recommendations of The Buxton Co.

But the committee also, Timmermann said, would like to do some surveys. One of the groups that we lack feedback from is the community itself.

I think that would be valuable information to have, he said.

Initially, some of the commercial businesses that Buxton has targeted for recruitment by Vandalia officials do not seem to be a good fit for Vandalia, Timmermann said.

Therefore, he said, the committee wants to hear from local residents as it plots out future commercial recruitment work.

A representative from Buxton, which the city hired last year in its efforts to land new businesses, is scheduled to come to town in the near future and meet with Mayor Rick Gottman, City Administrator JoAnn Givens, City Administrator Jimmy Morani and city aldermen.

Also at last Mondays EDC meeting, Givens told commission members that she hopes to have to Gottman and Morani by late January a strategic plan on economic development.

She also said that one of her goals is to meet routinely with employers in the city, to see if there are some things that the city can do to assist them with their operations.

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