Wayne County Economic Development Council

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Effective community and government partnerships locally and throughout Northeast Ohio.

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

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The Organization

Formed in 1991, the Wayne Economic Development Council (WEDC) is a private organization dedicated to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. It was formed to serve as the lead economic development organization for Wayne County.

The role of the WEDC is to stimulate new investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction initiatives. 
The WEDC's Strategic Economic Development Plan & Wayne County's Comprehensive Plan were jointly created in 1997.  Both plans complement each other, suggesting areas and rate of growth; locations for development and clustered growth.

A non-profit organization, the WEDC receives its funding from investors who understand the need for a quality economic development program in Wayne County. Funding sources include the business community (60 percent); county government (20 percent); municipalities and villages (15 percent); and grants, contracts, and other sources (5 percent).

The WEDC serves communities, companies and consultants in the economic development process. The organization does not offer direct assistance with retail/commercial development. It directs such inquiries to local chambers of commerce or the community of interest. 

Directors and Officers 

The Wayne Economic Development Council Board of Directors includes up to 31 members representing county government (county commissioner); local government (mayors of Orrville, Wooster and Rittman); chambers of commerce (Orrville, Rittman, and Wooster); public utilities; manufacturing; agriculture; legal/professional; finance; and education.

The board is charged with the vision to lead Wayne County in "an organized, planned, and orderly growth process based upon a cooperative effort between public and private sectors." The Board meets monthly to coordinate the activities of governmental, educational, and community organizations for industrial recruitment and industrial retention and expansion.

Board of Directors-12 to 15 Members

Term Ending 2012   

Gene Gottfried

First Merit Bank

Rod Steiger

Wayne Savings   

Chris Schmid


Al Yeagley

JM Smucker Co.


Terms Ending 2013                                                                                         

Bob Ellis


Steve Slack


John Crum

Seaman Corp.

Term Ending 2014      

Don Noble II

United Titanium

Lynn Moomaw    

Wayne Co. Schools Career Center

John Campbell

Campbell Construction

Permanent Members                                   

City of Orrville

Dave Handwerk (Mayor)

City of Rittman

Bill Robertson (Mayor)

City of Wooster

Bob Breneman (Mayor)

Wayne County

Commissioner Ann Obrecht

Advisory Council-Up to 21 Members

Term Ending 2012

Mark McGrath


Larry Boggs

Rittman Area Chamber

Fred Myers

Woodlyn Acres Farm

Sandra Hull

Main Street Wooster

Betsy Sparr

Wayne County Planning Dept.

Mike Hedberg

Office Orrville Industrial Development

Mark Witmer

First National Bank

Terms Ending 2013

Jeff Griffin

Wooster Area Chamber

Tami Scruggs

Smith Dairy

Bala Venkataraman

Magni Power

David Wheeler

American Electric Power

Gene Spittle

Rea & Associates

Justin Starlin

City of Wooster

Term Ending 2014

Susan Baker

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston

Kathie Hovsepian               

PNC  Bank

Lud Huck

Wayne Co. Community Foundation

Jack Nebesky

Buckeye Container

Jenni Reusser

Orrville Area Chamber

John Fitzpatrick

Wayne Farm Bureau


Steve Slack


Rod Steiger

Vice Chairman

Gene Gottfried


Bob Ellis

Immediate  Past Chairman



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