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While New Vision narrows the search for the new President/CEO, the organization continues to press on in its mission to enhance our region’s economy. This September a group representing Eastern Washington will travel to Chicago to attend the Process Expo, one of the world’s largest food equipment and agribusiness related technology tradeshows.
Representatives from the Port of Pasco (Gary Ballew, Director of Economic Development and Marketing), Adams County (Stephen McFadden, Adams County Economic Development Director) and Yakima County Development Association (Joe Schmitt, Marketing and Development Director) will meet with several companies who have expressed interest in relocating to our region in order to present them with information and customized marketing materials to encourage and assist in the process.
The three organizations joined forces under the moniker Eastern Washington Economic Development Alliance. They hired Research Consultants International FDI Inc., a search firm that specializes in assessing and vetting potential companies based on qualifying criteria previously provided by the team. Already several meetings have been scheduled. “We will host a minimum of 8-10 meetings with companies our research firm has identified as having a serious interest in relocating or expanding their facilities and operations within our region,” said Ballew. “This highly targeted approach will maximize our recruitment efforts.” The team also plans to intelligently network during the tradeshow to identify and build relationships with other potential leads and prospects.
The Expo features over 1,000 companies engaged in relevant agribusiness clusters including food processing and supporting technology. “A perfect fit given our region’s national presence in agriculture,” said Ballew.