Wayne County Economic Development Council

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Strong Incentives
Tax credits, abatements, grants, low-cost financing Foreign Trade Zone and more.

Business-Friendly Climate
Effective community and government partnerships locally and throughout Northeast Ohio.

Access to Markets
Central location with great ground, rail, water and air accessibility.

High Quality of Life
Small town hospitality and country living with big city opportunities.

Leading Ag-Bioscience Infrastructure
Premier research facilities and infrastructure.

Low Cost of Doing Business

Energy, labor and occupancy costs among the nation’s most affordable.

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The WEDC-Providing Leadership for the New Economy

The Organization

Formed in 1991, the Wayne Economic Development Council (WEDC) is a private organization dedicated to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. As the lead economic development organization for Wayne County, its role is to stimulate new investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction initiatives. It's funding is derived from public and private sources and it is governed by a 30 member Board of Directors representing a diverse set of interests.


Wayne County will encourage high quality growth and development. This growth will create and maintain an ongoing balance among agriculture, industry, commercial and residential development within the County. Future growth will contribute to an overall increase in the prosperity of County’s residents and employees, the increased competitiveness and profitability of industry and commerce, a high-quality of life for residents and the fiscal stability of local governments. The county-wide effort shall be characterized by:

- Visionary leadership anticipating change, committed to results 
- Competitive, high-quality community locations 
- Pro-business attitude, flexibility and ease of doing business 
- Cooperative, highly responsive to the right economic opportunities

The Wayne Economic Development Council will be a high-performance organization dedicated to leading the effort to develop a high-skill/high-wage economy for Wayne County.

Our Services

At the WEDC, our team of expansion and relocation specialists can confidentially help you obtain all the facts you need to thoroughly evaluate the region. We can save you countless hours of research and analysis by providing a full complement of services, all at no cost or obligation to you. Our staff of dedicated professionals can provide your firm with:

- Site-Selection Assistance
- Labor Market Analysis
- Financial Contacts
- Job-Training Assistance
- Custom Research
- Build-to-Suit/Design-Build Coordination
- Building Information
- Access to Regulatory Authorities
- Employee Recruitment Assistance
- Coordination of State and Local Assistance
- One-Stop Convenience
- Business retention and expansion
- Business recruitment
- Entrepreneurship and business productivity
- Technology acceleration
- Marketing
- Community development and capacity building
- Competitiveness best practices and benchmarking
- Strategic programs and policies

In addition, our staff can also arrange custom tours, schedule meetings with community leaders, arrange introductions to necessary business contacts, and even serve as an advocate with state and local government entities.

If your business is considering an expansion, we're ready to help with whatever resources you need, including a commitment to follow through with all the details involved to make your project a success.

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