For the seventh consecutive year the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development has implemented the local Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program. The data collected through the 2015 BR&E effort shows continuing trends from past years’ data including both strengths and weaknesses seen in our local economy. The data has been collected, aggregated, and summarized in the 2015 BR&E Final Report, which is now available here.
Prior to the formation of the WCOED, a local BR&E program was completed sporadically in 1996, 2006, and 2008. Those early implementations led to the formation of an ongoing economic development effort in Wyandot County, and since then one of the ongoing functions of the WCOED has been to facilitate the Wyandot County BR&E effort.
Wyandot County is home to a diverse range of employers who vary in size, industry, and geographic market, but who face many of the same challenges locally. Workforce availability and the challenges related to recruiting labor continued to stand out as a problem area for many local employers. On the other hand, Wyandot County’s geographic location and excellent transportation system continued to be ranked as one of the top local assets for area businesses.
Click the graphic above to view this year’s report.