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Williams County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) proudly serves all of Williams County, Ohio. If you are a large corporation or a small business WEDCO is prepared to assist you with any effort you pursue. Whether you require information about our fantastic location in Northwest Ohio, utilities or demographic information, WEDCO is ready to help you find the answers you need!

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Housing plays an important role in the quality of life for residents, sustaining an adequate labor pool for area employers and the attraction of future employees to Williams County. The WEDCO workforce and marketing subcommittee recognized the importance of understanding the housing market in Williams County, and reached out to DiSalvo Development Advisors to complete a housing analysis.

The housing analysis completed by DiSalvo Development Advisors, DDA, will be used to communicate with developers and home builders opportunities that may exist to bring new housing to Williams County. DDA, has experience working with municipalities and non-profit organizations in other markets in Ohio with proven success in attracting housing developers to communities and/or providing supportive documentation for new development.

Download the Williams County Housing Opportunities Assessment:

Executive Summary – Full Report

Williams County Housing Presentation 8-22-18

Understanding Opportunity Zones & HUBZones

WEDCO hosted the “Understanding Opportunity Zone and HUBZones” event with special guests from Montrose Development Advisors and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Montrose Development Advisors Presentation – Launching an Opportunity Zone

U.S. SBA HUBZone Presentation

What is an Opportunity Zone? 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country. New investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment. Qualified Opportunity Zones retain this designation for 10 years. Investors can defer tax on any prior gains until no later than December 31, 2026, so long as the gain is reinvested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund, an investment vehicle organized to make investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones.  In addition, if the investor holds the investment in the Opportunity Fund for at least ten years, the investor would be eligible for an increase in its basis equal to the fair market value of the investment on the date that it is sold. Click here to read the full press release from the U.S. Department of the Treasury

What is a HUBZone?

Historically Undertilized Business Zones receive preferential consideration for government contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. HUBZone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.

2nd Annual Energy Update

The annual energy update is designed to share information that can assist customers in budget preparation and identify options that may help better manage utility expenses.  Mr. Andre presented information on energy conservation/efficiency with a focus on lighting, compressed air and power factor correction improvements. This event was presented Thursday, October 11, 2018. 

BMU & Ohio Gas Presentation

Carl Andre of Lockheed Martin  – Energy Efficiency Presentation

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDCO BOARD MEETINGS
Williams County Community Offices, Conference Room A&B
1425 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506
8:00AM– 9:00AM

2/19/19, 2:30PM – 4:00PM Workforce & Marketing Subcommittee Meeting – Conference Room A&B

2/25/19, 8:00AM – 10:00AM RGP Annual Meeting, Register online here

3/7/19, 9:00AM – 1:00PM Maumee Valley Planning Organization, Complete Streets Training conducted by the Active Transportation Training Academy – Conference Room A&B – RSVP to MVPO, Marissa Lumbrezer, Email: planner3@mvpo.org no later than February 26, 2019

3/11/19, 8:00AM – 3:30PM State of the Region Address, Register online here

3/12/19, 11:00AM – 1:00PM WEDCO Annual Meeting, Williams County Veterans Memorial, RSVP required, $20/person, Contact Megan Puehler, (419) 636-8727 or office@wedco.info

3/21/19, 11:30AM – 1:00PM NORED Annual Meeting, Register online here

4/3/19, 8:00AM-10:00AM Impact 419 Roundtable Event with Williams County OhioMeansJobs – Details TBA

FEATURED AVAILABLE SITE: 2 Kexon Drive, Pioneer OH 43554

Total 157,550 SF/Divisible
Sale Price: $5,545,000
Lease Rate: $3.50 /sf
Pioneer is a public power town with robust, dependable, but very economical utility rates, low 1% income tax, very business friendly.
Use since inception has been the manufacture of tailor welded blanks for the automotive industry.

Click here to view the property listing.

FEATURED FEBRUARY MEMBER: Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers