EDC REFLECTS ON 2011: Organization looks ahead to rest of 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While Iotron Industries, USA may have been celebrating its grand opening, it was also playing host for the first time, with the guest of honor being the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and it’s annual meeting.This year’s meeting was titled “Outlook 2012”.EDC President Alan Tio began by speaking about last year’s meeting and how at the time, the EDC was just welcoming Iotron into the Whitley County fold.Tio said it was only fitting a year later, the company was hosting the same event while also cutting the ribbon to open its doors.“Iotron serves as a great case study of the work we do at the EDC,” Tio said.Tio said the EDC has spent the last year working with local businesses, referencing 80/20 and its 90,000 square-foot expansion in the Park 30 Business Center.Whitley County Council, Whitley County Redevelopment Commission, Indiana Economic Development, WorkOne Northeast and Ivy Tech are just some of the entities the EDC has partnered with over the last few years, according to Tio.“Over the last four or five years, we’ve worked very hard to use economic development to support the specific needs of our industry clients, wherever they may be throughout the county,” said Tio.