PCDP issues report

By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@registerherald.com

PREBLE COUNTY — Preble County Development Partnership (PCDP) Director Brenda Latanza and Chair Brad Collins attended the Preble County Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, April 6, for the quarterly economic development meeting.

Latanza shared the following report:

•In the beginning of January, Collins, Jeff Sewert, and Latanza all presented to the Adult Leadership Preble County 2019/2020 group at Henny Penny, sharing information on the partnership and what it does for the county.

• Collins and Latanza attended a SiteOhio Educational Workshop with Site Selector team. There they learned the “dos and don’ts” about when Site Selectors come to town.

Latanza said one of the major “don’ts” is to ruin a company’s confidentiality. The major “dos” include not taking cellphones out and putting them on tables, don’t check your cellphone, have your information and statistics ready for the company, and have a clean and presentable site.

• PCDP met with leaders from New Paris to discuss their interest in becoming an investor in the partnership.

• Sewert and Latanza met with Mote & Associates, Inc. to discuss a Lewisburg project. There, Mote & Associates expressed interest in being an investor in the partnership and recently committed to doing so.

• Latanza presented at the 2020 Annual ACT Conference on Preble County’s ACT Work Ready Community goals and status. The partnership also maintained their ACT Work Ready Communities status in March of 2020.

• Aubrey Stevenson and Latanza spoke during a Preble County Chamber of Commerce Business over Breakfast about the PrebleCountyCareers.com Job Portal.

• PCDP attended the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) annual meeting where Henny Penny won the Project of the Year award.

• Latanza helped to promote Preble County as a CVB Board member and worked the AAA Great Great Vacations Travel Expo with CVB President Stephanie Garrett.

• Latnaza Partnered with Preble County Chamber Executive Director Leslie Collins in a presentation to the Jr. Leadership Group.

• PCDP met with 16 community partnership for the first sub-committee to the PCDP Workforce Development Committee – Health and Public Safety to discuss their needs and the ODSA Industry Sector Partnership Spark Grant. They worked with Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) and Edison State on application submission.

•Latanza attended MVCTC Annual Advisory Strategy meeting, the Township Trustee meeting for a recent broadband presentation by John Staley, and a Lewisburg Village Council meeting. During the Lewisburg council meeting the group discussed the PACE funding and creating an ESID for a proposed brewery project.

•PCDP gave a presentation to the New Paris Chamber of Commerce about the partnership.

•PCDP had a Marketing Committee meeting with various experts to talk about ways to market the Job Portal. They decided on using KICKS96 radio advertising as one way to market the Job Portal.

•Brad Collins and Latanza presented to DDC Public Sector Advisory group on the Neaton project and the interaction with JobsOhio throughout the process.

•Latanza attended the Farm Bureau Legislative Luncheon.

•PCDP toured the GoMart site in New Paris with the manager and Brad Kramer.

•Neaton held its expansion groundbreaking.

•PCDP has been working actively to share information and assistance with various entities regarding COVID-19.

By Kelsey Kimbler


Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH