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Business Leaders Gather for Meet and Greet

GREENVILLE — Community leaders gathered Wednesday at the Bistro Off Broadway to hear the latest happenings with Partnering for Progress.

From the 11-3-16 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin, Staff Reporter

GREENVILLE — Community leaders gathered Wednesday at the Bistro Off Broadway to hear the latest happenings with Partnering for Progress.

    Partnering for Progress (P4P) is a collaborative economic development effort providing comprehensive support to the Darke County business community. This effort consists of a diverse group of public and private entities and individuals from across Darke County. The goal of P4P is to help foster new opportunity for Darke County businesses and citizens as well as the growth and vibrancy of the county’s communities.

    Career Pathway Coordinator Lisa Wendel of Darke County Economic Development and Economic Development Director Mike Bowers addressed those gathered.

    “The philosophy that we’re working on, right now in workforce, is moving from ‘It’s just one more thing’ to moving on to ‘It’s just what we do,’” Wendel said.

    She mentioned a number of initiatives being implemented, including job shadowing for Darke County high school juniors, student paid internships, and a “senior straight to work” job fair.

    “I think everybody thinks this workforce effort in Darke County is about business, but I’ve talked to most of you in this room and I believe you think it’s about kids. Even though you want a good workforce, it’s about kids for Darke County,” she said.

    “Magic happens when businesses and schools collaborate for their best interests,” Wendel added.

    Bowers told the group, as a result of workforce development efforts, there have been 2,000 jobs in the county — both retained and grown — over the past six years.

    “That translates into over $60 million in payroll. That’s over $171 million in capital investment,” he said.....

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