By Alison Matas, Gatehouse Media Ohio
The two-year plan is designed to make the leaders and organizations that already are in place here better at what they do.
A year ago, a data-driven study was released that showed Stark County is getting older, poorer and less-populated.
A team of business, government and nonprofit leaders promised to do something to reverse the trend.
Since the fall of 2017, a consultant has been hired and conducted more than 230 interviews with educators, elected officials and business executives. A 12-person minority action committee began meeting, as did the presidents of Stark’s college’s and universities. The heads of the chambers of commerce across the county agreed to revive a consortium that will help them work to offer business webinars. Private organizations and individuals from Northeast Ohio kicked in money to keep the consultant working in Stark County and to hire an additional person dedicated to economic development.
A follow-up report with recommendations for improving Stark County’s economic standing is being released publicly today. The two-year plan is designed to make the leaders and organizations that already are in place here better at what they do, with a big goal of increasing wealth and improving social capital for every citizen in the county.
There are “incredible opportunities” here, consultant Hrishu Mahalaha said. People just aren’t having the right conversations.
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