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Plainwell business owners ask for new economic developer

Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

If former Plainwell economic development director Emilie Schada didn’t feel missed at her going away party, she should now.

A group of business owners sent a letter to the city council July 22 and attended the council’s Monday, July 28, regular meeting to ask the position be filled quickly.

“Every day that the Downtown/Economic Dev­elopment Manager’s position goes unfilled is one less day potential investors see a city committed to economic growth,” the letter stated. “It’s missed funding opportunities for future projects and slack promotion of all the wonderful things that entice people to settle in our city.

“Having an invested, competent individual in the Development position is invaluable because it reassures our community that those who are entrusted to protect the longevity and strength of our urban core are upholding their end of the bargain.

“We have much to accomplish in our little Island City, and we’ve never been a community to wither.

“We chose Plainwell because we saw, and still see, a city with great potential. We trust that our local leaders see the value in the further funding of the Downtown/Economic Development Manager position and are devoted to ensuring the people of this community that they indeed made a sound investment when they chose to make Plainwell their home.”

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