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New Leader Named for Darke County Economic Development

Greenville's mayor has been named to oversee economic development efforts in Darke County.

From the July 26, 2016 edition of Dayton Business Journal

By Tristan Navera, Senior Reporter

Greenville's mayor has been named to oversee economic development efforts in Darke County.

Mike Bowers will assume the role of economic development director and head of Partnering for Progress, the county's economic development group, on Aug. 31, the same time he steps down from his post as mayor after more than eight years.

"It's going to be good to have someone continue the work we started here, because we're ahead of the curve," said Mike Stegall, Darke County commissioner. "Having the right people is key to everything for us, and you hear it over and over how people believe in the work ethic here."

Bowers replaces Marc Saluk, who led the organization for some time before leaving in February for an economic development post in New Jersey.

Having worked with Saluk for a number of years, Bowers said he would make regular company visits with Saluk and also met with him weekly to help move the city and county strategies for job creation.

In the new role, Bowers will be the point man for helping the businesses in the county grow.

"I have a very bright outlook on Darke County," he said. "We have a good core group of people here working on developing the county, and we have a diverse group of good strong employers here."

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowers worked for several local companies before being elected mayor.

He said workforce is going to be the key for the county to keep growing employment. The border county of 53,000 people has climbed high on a number of expansions from major employers such as Whirlpool Corp. and King's Command LLC. With businesses growing in the county, the squeeze for good talent is especially apparent.

"We're going to have a chance to show off some of our good workforce programs," he said. "Not only incumbent workers, but incoming workforce and people who were not in it before."

The Darke County Republican Central Committee will appoint a new mayor to finish Bowers' term.

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