NAPOLEON — It’s time for Henry County’s close up.
The Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of Henry County discussed an idea by the marketing committee to create videos focusing on the county during the CIC’s meeting Tuesday.
Lyndsey Lucas said the committee recently discussed how to better market Henry County to entice both new residents and businesses/industries.
“We discussed the option of creating two videos to market two things — a quality of life video and one on economic development that would highlight infrastructure, access to highways and maybe interviewing a current company,” Lucas said.
She said committee members think the videos should be about a minute and a half in length. The committee will meet with a local resident to see what can be done to create the videos.
“Other similar counties have similar videos like Defiance and Toledo with cute things like the mayor dancing,” Lucas said.
Executive director April Welch then gave her update. She has made several site visits around the county touring municipalities and businesses. Welch also has several other meeting splanned.
“I had an informal meeting with the Napoleon city manager,” Welch said. “We agreed to schedule that regularly to keep open lines of communication. I want to try that with other municipalities to keep relationship building.”
Welch said she also recently attended an expansion and retention meeting held by the Ohio Department of Economic Development.
“We got some interesting ideas from that,” Welch said, adding that she and economic development coordinator Jennifer Arps will be meeting each Monday to do brainstorming sessions based on those ideas.
Welch also said she hopes to do more member visits, tours and walk-ins around the county “including small businesses that aren’t our members to bridge that gap. I want to partner with Joel Miller (executive director of the Henry County/Napoleon Chamber of Commerce) to see if we can grow those opportunities and partner with them.”
Also at the meeting, the board:
• heard auditors from the state have been in Napoleon since Monday and are expected to stay until the end of August. This is a two-year audit.
• heard a committee meeting will be set up to discuss if Community Reinvestment Areas should go through the CIC now.
• went into executive session for personnel and property discussion.
• heard the next meeting will be in September unless an emergency meeting needs to be held before that time.