Lincoln County Economic Development Center cuts ribbon and opens in new location | Business and finance
Lincoln County, Missouri – It takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a village?
Just as a child acquires skills, masters social techniques and develops his personality, a country must also acquire business, master good socio-economic practices and develop efficient growth. For Lincoln County, the enabler that accomplishes all of these facets and more comes in the form of LCEDC (Lincoln County Economic Development Center), which recently celebrated its new location in the county with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. .
The event, which lasted over an hour and welcomed more than 75 people, pays tribute to EDC’s new offices. Once located in the courthouse and outfitted with stately but antiquated furnishings, the new development office is now a sleek, modern and size upgrade located at 251 West Collier Street in Troy. The building was once the coroner’s office, driving test building, and health department, but now serves a larger purpose.
“Our job is to attract new business to Lincoln County,” said Julie Rodgers, Executive Director and Head of EDC. “However, our work is primarily to support existing businesses that are already here, that have already made their commitment to the county, whatever their needs. »
Rodgers served as Economic Director (a position appointed by the Commissioners) for three years, having served as Assistant to the Director for six years previously; the position itself was only created nine years ago. Along with Tessa Thompson, his right-hand man, Rodgers works with businesses and municipal authorities across the county to promote quality growth by supporting infrastructure development.
Although the new office has been open since April, the duo have worked too hard to celebrate their new pad. Rodgers explains how important this new setup is and why it’s worth celebrating.
“We are now very accessible to the public. People don’t have to find us, they can just walk through our front door; [now] we also have a great space where we can provide training for entrepreneurs. »
The facility features a twelve-chair conference table, a large screen to display information materials, and ample space for professional development meetings. Rodger’s favorite part is the addition of public, shared office space.
“Anyone providing services in Lincoln County who doesn’t have physical office space now has a place they can come and meet people,” Rodgers said. The building provides space for employee training, entrepreneurship workshops, offsite business meetings and more upon request. It’s been given a facelift in order to sound professional, with new flooring, lighting, doors, furniture and more to brag about. More impressive, perhaps, is the fact that the labor was provided by county jail inmates and, whenever possible, resources were acquired from Lincoln County companies.
Midway through the event, a long ribbon was cut with golden scissors, marking the grand opening of the office in its new location. Many notable figures from the community were in attendance, including the administrator of Mercy Hospital, the director of the county health department, the president of Copper River electric, the owner of World League Wrestling, the president of Rankin Local tech, county commissioners, representatives from the Troy Chamber of Commerce. , representatives of the Elsberry Community Growth Association and local business owners large and small.
While she admittedly expected a large crowd, director Rodgers was positively “overwhelmed” by the turnout. The countywide support for EDC reflects its countywide efforts to help our economy grow; she thinks the efforts will grow with the new office.
“This is just the beginning of providing even more services in the region. As Lincoln County grows, we will grow along with it.