PAULDING — The Paulding County Economic Development (PCED) board met recently to discuss various issues.

The executive committee will be meeting with the county commissioners on Wednesday.

One of the goals for the finance committee is to build one database that includes all businesses in Paulding County along with growing the PCED membership. The director will continue to do visits to the businesses within the county.

The marketing committee reported that it is starting phase two of the new website (, and the office will continue to update and make changes. There also was discussion about the theme for the PCED banquet that will be held on Nov. 12.

Attention then turned to the director’s report.

Paulding Place Shopping Center is under new ownership, and economic development director Jerry Zielke has been working with Jennifer Dunsmore, a leasing agent with Prime Retail Advisor, on potential new stores.

Around 400 high school students from Paulding County attended the Career Opportunity Showcase on April 2 and had the opportunity to talk to 16 local businesses and 10 colleges. Several businesses have hired summer help through this program.

The Career Opportunity booklets now are available to the public at the PCED office, Ohio Means Jobs, local schools and Paulding County Carnegie Library.

The director reported about several other projects in Paulding County. The reports were reviewed and approved.

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