Local Government

Wagner provides insight into GREDF strategic plan for future

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 14, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 14, 2020 11:50 pm

QUINCY -- Marcel Wagner and the Great River Economic Development Foundation are busy these days fine-tuning a long-range campaign designed to trigger further growth and development across the region.

Wagner, who has served as president of GREDF for almost seven years, briefed the Adams County Board on Wednesday night about some of the bullet points of this strategic plan.

Wagner said a key component tied to the future of Adams County and beyond will be the "attraction, development and retention" of the workforce of the future.

"We'll be looking to recruit (individuals and families) looking for better employment and way of life," he said.

The GREDF plan will be showcasing such enticements as education, health care and work environments, according to Wagner.

Wagner said "we're also developing a plan that will measure the metrics" of such an endeavor.

Wagner said GREDF is in the process of seeking grants to help fund the new initiatives.

In other items, the board:

º Returned to a full lineup of 21 when Barney Bier was sworn in to replace the retired John Heidbreder. Heidbreder, 80, retired in early December after 42 years of continuous public service, citing health reasons.

º Approved a $6 fee for all county residents who are required to get a rabies shot for companion cats.

º Reached collective bargaining agreements with groups representing six county services: sheriff deputies, sheriff corrections, recorder, treasurer, state's attorney and ambulance.

º Approved the Port Authority Board reappointments and appointments of four individuals.

Mike McLaughlin and Blake Roderick were reappointed to partial and full terms ending June 1, 2024, and June 1, 2025, respectively.

Richard Klusmeyer and Bradley Flatt were appointed to fill partial and full terms ending June 1, 2026, and June 1, 2027, respectively.

In a related item, the board approved the appointment of Karla Davis to the Ambulance Board.

º Board member Bret Austin discussed the idea of future geographical boundaries that would be linked to Adams County ports and terminals.

º The board's next meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 11.