Website allows villages to market themselves to businesses

Deb VanDeWoestyne
Orion village limits sign

    The Henry County Economic Development Partnership (HCEDP) presented its  new website to community leaders at a recent workshop.

    Each community can have its own page on the website, listing vacant commercial properties for sale or lease. The page is free to partnership members.

    Mary Grant of Grant Consulting, Cambridge, spoke about the many benefits of marketing available sites and buildings within the county. She said landing a site selection prospect is about not being eliminated.  The site selection process typically starts with over 300 communities, is narrowed to approximately 20 and then is ultimately reduced to three finalists. 

    “The database provides communities with a prominent presence on the Web and is used by site selectors or developers, realtors, CEO’s and other investors. It can generate PDF forms, fact sheets and community profiles,” added Grant. 

    Andover recently listed a small parcel in the database, and it sold several weeks later. Other communities are being advised of its power to draw investors and attract potential business owners within the county. 

    The group also received an update from Chuck Stewart, director of Partners in Job Training and Placement.  He spoke about the current unemployment rate and the many services that are available to those currently seeking employment.