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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Is this a new business retention tool for economic developers?

In August, a major employer in Findlay, Ohio, placed a call to Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. The message was urgent. The Japanese-owned automotive plant was teetering.

“They were really struggling with employee turnover,” Mayle says. “They were having a hard time communicating with headquarters as to why they needed more money for wages and more money for equipment. Without help, I’m not sure they would have made it.”

The company’s ills placed 550 jobs in potential jeopardy.

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