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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, DDA, to complete a housing analysis.

The analysis was completed in the summer of 2018. The survey assists in communicating 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

5/27/19, WEDCO office closed in observance of Memorial Day

5/30/19, 7:30AM Networking 8:00AM Presentations, WEDCO in partnership with ECHO presents Strategies for Substance Abuse Awareness and Treatment for the Workplace”

5/31/19, 12:00PM WEDCO Membership Survey Closes – WEDCO Members and Williams County Businesses are invited to participate – Click here

6/3/19, 1:30PM Williams County Commissioners Informational Session on the proposed county charter, Williams County Community Offices, Conf. Room A&B

6/21/19, MVPO Transportation Survey Closes – for businesses in Williams, Henry, Defiance, Fulton and Paulding counties

6/25/19, 8:00AM WEDCO Board Meeting – Conference Room A&B

6/27/19, 8:00AM Networking 9:00AM Presentations, Residential Development Seminar

8/1/19, Round 1 of Williams County Connections Survey closes

FEATURED AVAILABLE SITE: 2 Kexon Drive, Pioneer OH 43554

Building: 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 MAY MEMBER: Busche Performance Group

In 2018, Busche completed a number of strategic steps to position the company for the next phase of its growth.  The company appointed a new senior management team, completed a recapitalization with the support of its committed shareholder group, successfully refinanced its debt and moved its headquarters to its technical center in Southfield. Building on its strong reputation for precision engineering and exceptional service, the company is well positioned to expand its presence among its customers and partners and grow its share of the market.