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The Wayne Economic Development Council (WEDC) is a public-private partnership dedicated to the economic development of Wayne County and Northeast Ohio. In serving the local community's interests, the WEDC's primary role is to stimulate new capital investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction initiatives.

WEDC: Knowledgeable, Professional & Ready to Assist

The WEDC functions as a cooperative effort between business, government and education. Our original guiding principles are still in play today:

  • Balancing industry and agriculture
  • Concentrating growth in and around defined development areas
  • Focusing on the retention and expansion of existing businesses
  • Attracting new investment through targeted industry recruitment

We're ready to help catapult your project to success!

Wayne Economic Development Council


Partner, Promote, Prosper

The Wayne Economic Development Council is a business-led, public-private partnership that maintains and promotes the strength of Wayne County’s cities, villages and agricultural areas. By aligning and engaging key stakeholders, the WEDC fosters balanced and sustained economic growth and prosperity for Wayne County and addresses issues critical to its competitiveness.


The Wayne Economic Development Council is a leading and collaborative go-to organization that contributes to Wayne County’s national recognition for achieving high-quality growth that benefits both businesses and residents while maintaining a balance between industry, agriculture, commercial and residential development.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Cultivate, connect and align networks within and beyond Wayne County
  2. Support business development with particular attention to retention and expansion
  3. Drive a focused set of issues key to Wayne County's future competitiveness

Comprehensive Development Services

At the WEDC, we get you the data you need to support your business decisions. We’re here to save you countless hours of research and analysis by providing a full complement of personalized "one-stop-shop" services, all at no cost or obligation. Our dedicated professionals offer:

  • Site-Selection Assistance
  • Building & Site Information
  • Coordination of State and Local Assistance
  • Financial Contacts
  • Custom Research
  • Labor Market Analysis
  • Employee Recruitment Assistance
  • Job Training Assistance
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Recruitment
  • Marketing
  • Community Development
  • Access to Regulatory Authorities
  • Competitiveness Best Practices and Benchmarking

Additionally, we are ready to:

  • Arrange custom tours
  • Schedule meetings with community leaders
  • Arrange introductions to necessary business contacts
  • Serve as an advocate with state and local government entities
  • Help identify and procure resources needed