LC class gets insight on economic development

By Kevin Abt - Leadership Clinton Class of 2018

WILMINGTON — This year’s Leadership Clinton class gathered for their fifth meeting and participated in Economic Development Day in Clinton County on Dec. 14. The Clinton County Port Authority hosted the group and provided lunch for the group.

The morning events included a detailed history and overview of key factors that have affected Clinton County.

Taylor Stuckert, Executive Director of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, presented the overview.

Prior to lunch Mary Ann Wagner from Junior Achievement presented the group with a volunteer opportunity.

Next, the group participated in an extensive tour of the Wilmington Air Park by Beth Huber, Associate Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. The tour included a detailed look at Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES).

Doug Little, Director of Heavy Maintenance, provided a very informative look at the company. Many of the members of the group commented that they had not realized all the activity that is currently taking place at the air park.

During lunch Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority and current Leadership Clinton class member, gave an overview of the responsibilities of the Port Authority. Following Dan, a presentation was given by Darcy Reynolds and Dessie Rogers about Main Street Wilmington and the Chamber of Commerce, respectively.

The group also participated in a lively open discussion about the City of Wilmington and its economic development with Brian Shidaker, Director of Public Services/Public Safety.

The group ended their day with an extensive tour of Alkermes. All members were impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities and the economic impact the company has, not only locally but also globally.

Class members left the monthly meeting with a new perspective on Clinton County and its economic development.

By Kevin Abt

Leadership Clinton Class of 2018