Quincy News

GREDF looking toward future growth; national strategist among speakers

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 4, 2019 10:10 am

QUINCY -- Next week's annual meeting of the Great River Economic Development Foundation will focus more on the future than on details from the past year.

Business and community leaders will hear from national marketing strategist Colleen Walton of Brand Acceleration Inc. of Orlando, Fla. Members of the GREDF team also will tell how local employers are working to find qualified job candidates.

"Over the past 12 months we have experienced record low unemployment," said Angela Caldwell, GREDF workforce development director. "Businesses in Adams County (and) Quincy continue to expand and are in need of work-ready candidates to employ."

Caldwell said it's important for employers to help current workers gain the skills needed for promotions. Schools and business partners also need to "provide real-time information and training for our future talent pipeline."

GREDF President Marcel Wagner Jr. will give an overview of economic development he's witnessed since he was hired in 2013.

"It has been amazing to experience the growth in the community over the past five years, but growth brings new challenges," Wagner said.

Walton will tell what communities need to do to maintain growth. Local speakers will include Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and Adams County Board Chairman Kent Snider.

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