Area economic development leaders are headed to Atlanta in an effort to bring more manufacturing jobs to West Central Ohio.
Economic development directors from Lima and Wapakoneta will attend a three day conference in Atlanta, April 10-12, on attracting and maintaining automotive manufacturers. Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Director, Greg Myers, says West Central Ohio already has a strong hold on automotive jobs, however, there is room for growth as the industry rebounds.
"It's exciting. It's an opportunity for us to go down and talk one on one with those folks and learn new trends and what the likelihood for expansion within North America will be," said Myers.
Myers says automotive manufacturers are interested in developing sites along the I75 which runs straight through Auglaize and Allen counties. Officials from Defiance, Piqua, and Columbus will round out the state delegation at the Automotive Consultants Forum.
Myers says Wapakoneta economic development officials are also planning a trip to Detroit and Grand Rapids this summer to continue pursuing automotive manufacturers.