PAULDING – The Paulding County Economic Development Board met last week in place of the annual Business Industry Appreciation banquet that is usually hosted at this time. During the meeting, Jeff Mumma, Credit Analyst with the Antwerp Exchange Bank, was voted in as the newest member of the board. Mumma becomes the first board member to complete the newly introduced board interview process. He will fill the financial position that was vacated with the retirement of Deanna Schroeder early in 2020.

Meeting guests this month included Paulding County Commissioner elect Clint Vance and EMA Director Ed Bohn. Vance presented his thoughts for collaboration with the board in the future and fielded questions from the board. Bohn shared communication about a recent Zoom meeting with Governor DeWine in regard to increasing Covid cases and shared his concern with Paulding County cases.

In other board action, the Governance Committee presented the updated organization by-laws which included term limits for board members. Upon the board acceptance of the recommended changes, it was noted that former member Randy Derck should be commended for his 34 years of commitment to the Paulding County Economic Development office. Derck, who just recently retired from the board, not only participated on the board since its inception, but was an integral part of building the organization and establishing the existing by-laws.

The Personnel Committee presented their recommendations in regard to future performance reviews for the director and other hired personnel. The committee is currently working to establish a standard to rank the reviews against. More detail is being gathered as the project moves forward.

Director Tim Copsey provided updates for top projects from around the county and shared his frustration with not being able to host the banquet this year. In regard to the safety of everyone involved, it was the right decision at this time.

In lieu of the banquet, the board will be sending out its first annual report along with the 2021 membership investment forms. The hope is that PCED supporting members, and new potential supporting members, will learn something new about the PCED office through this communication. It may also entice the public to reach out to the office and inquire about more information in the future. These packets will be going out in the mail soon.

All board members updated the group with the current open projects for the organizations they represent. The balance of the meeting was discussion about general board business. The next scheduled board meeting will be held in Jan. 2021.