TROY — Troy Development Council CEO J.C. Wallace reported the highlights and challenges of doing business in the city of Troy at the city council meeting on Monday.
Wallace said the TDC has been working on recruiting and attracting potential job seekers to Troy with its Troy Career Connect app, website and other programs.
“It’s amazing how all of our employers are expanding and looking for people,” Wallace said. “It’s kind of a national trend. Right now, in Troy, it’s a unique time, all of over employers are hiring across the board.”
Wallace said the TDC is working on its website to make it more user-friendly and using social media to promote Troy-based careers.
Wallace said one of the challenges for businesses is being “land-locked” and needing more property.
“Workforce is our major focus,” Wallace said. “We have a lot of companies that need a lot of space.”
Wallace said he shares how the city helped expand businesses such as Clopay who moved to the former Panasonic manufacturing business with 1 million square feet of space and then added another 200,000 square feet of space. Wallace also noted the partnership with ConAgra.
“City council and the city government is a great partner, which you don’t get in a lot of communities,” Wallace said. “When people are talking about expanding, there’s really no reason to go some place out of Troy because I think (council) is responsive and have met the needs of the business community every time.”
Wallace said the TDC is wrapping up its regional wage and benefits survey to help employers see how they match up against competitors. The TDC expanded its region to include Mercer, Darke and Auglaize counties as well as Miami and Shelby counties.
Wallace said the TDC continues to promote job and potential careers through its annual job fair. The job fair also includes high school students to tour the local businesses and organizations to explore career options after graduation — high school or college. TDC also has worked with schools to allow employers to reach out to students and discuss job and career options.
Wallace said the TDC is completing its five-year “Partners in Progress” initiative and is starting to work on its new five-year program to boost business and partnerships in the city.
The TDC is funded by the city of Troy, 40 partnering organizations and companies and has received approximately $50,000 in grants from DP&L and the Troy Foundation to enhance its workforce programs.
President Marty Baker asked Wallace how the TDC was paid for videos to help promote the business.
Wallace said the TDC has package deals to help promote the business.
Council Bobby Phillips commended Wallace on the TDC’s work to connect the business to the community through its events and networking activities.
Council approved the following resolutions:
R-43-2016 Miami County Health District Agreement and Funding for $339,090.60 for 2017
R-44-2016 Public Defender Agreement and Funding $20,341.13 for 2017
O-48-2016 City council will hold its first public hearing regarding the amendment of the zoning codes related to retain dispensaries, cultivators or processors of medical marijuana.
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