A presentation at the March 15 Delaware County Board of Supervisors’ meeting by Delaware County Economic Development (DCED) Executive Director Donna Boss made one thing crystal clear — the county is open for business.
Boss highlighted a variety of business and tourism plans for 2021.
Boss said the county is looking at business development plans that are expected to bring $127 million in investment. The largest portion of that will be a wind farm in Prairie and Adams townships. The ConEdison project will erect 19 wind turbines.
Boss said other plans include the start of the Edgewood Locker expansion project, the opening of Off the Hoof and Roast &Toast coffee, both located in Delhi and Hy-Vee Dollar Fresh opening in Manchester.
Boss told supervisors county businesses will need 300 additional employees due to new businesses and expansion projects of existing businesses. She said as a result, the county needs to look at additional daycare options for families, along with additional housing.
Boss said school-to-work programs as well as the sophomore career fair held at West Delaware High School will return after COVID-19 shut down both last year. This year’s career fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 29.
On the tourism side of things, Boss said the annual Delaware County Activity guide will be called “Discover Delaware County.”
The Family Motorcoach Association will hold their Midwest Area Rally in Manchester Aug. 16-21, with 200 motor coaches expected at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Local officials expect close to 500 people to attend.
Bacon ‘N Hops is back this year with a new location, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7 at the east ball diamond at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The date coincides with the Country Cruisers annual car cruise through the county.
Boss said a county tourism director hasn’t been hired yet, and credited her staff at the DCED office with assisting with tourism.