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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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Williams County Housing Opportunities Assessment

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

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

Understanding Opportunity Zones & HUBZones

WEDCO invites you to learn more about the opportunity zones program and historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones) with special guests from Montrose Development Advisors and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1:00PM-2:30PM
Williams County Community Offices, Conference Room A&B
1425 East High Street, Bryan OH 43506

For more information or to RSVP Contact Megan Puehler, office@wedco.info, (419) 636-8727.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDCO 2018 BOARD MEETINGS
Williams County Community Offices, Conference Room A&B
1425 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506
8:00AM– 9:00AM

9/21/18-6/21/19Toledo Chamber of Commerce “Export Success 2018”, 10-sessions, Click here for details

10/12/18, Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Day at Northwest State Community College – Manufacturers from Williams, Henry, Fulton, Defiance and Paulding County: Click here to register!

10/23/18, 8:00AM WEDCO Board Meeting

10/26/18, Williams County Job Fair – Williams County Businesses call (419) 636-8727 to register

11/7/18, 1:00PM-2:30PM Understanding Opportunity Zones & HUBZones Workshop, Williams County Community Offices

11/27/18, 8:00AM WEDCO Board Meeting 

FEATURED AVAILABLE SITE: Bryan North Industrial Park

Bryan North Industrial Park recently received the SiteOhio Authentication designation from JobsOhio

The SiteOhio authentication process identifies sites in Ohio ready for development day one. All sites are construction ready with utilities to the park boundaries including water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and fiber. Each site undergoes a usability audit to ensure the site is intuitively positioned for optimal access, allowing businesses to hit the ground running and get to market faster.

FEATURED OCTOBER MEMBER: BRYAN MUNICIPAL UTILITIES

Bryan Municipal Utilities is a customer-owned, non-profit municipal utility providing the best quality water, electric, and communications services to the residents and businesses of Bryan, Ohio. Presently, the utility serves approximately 6,000 customers. Since its formation in 1906, the Board of Public Affairs has developed the policies that govern the utility’s operation. The board has focused on providing the residents and businesses of Bryan superior service at a reasonable cost.