The Great River Economic Development Foundation has a new President.
The GREDF Board of Directors announced Monday that it has selected Marcel W. Wagner, Jr., following a special meeting on March 5.
Wagner's first official day on the job was Monday, taking over for Jim Mentesti, who retired after 27 years with GREDF.
Wagner has spent the past 21 years with the Allen Economic Development Group in Lima, Ohio.
"Marcel's years of experience as an economic development professional and proven track record in a region with similar characteristics to our tri-state region made him stand out among the pool of strong local and national candidates we interviewed," said Tim Finlay, Chairman of the GREDF Board of Directors. "The level of interest in the position indicated to us that GREDF and our region have a reputation for being pro-economic growth."
Wagner is a Certified Economic Developer and former Chair of the International Economic Development Council Certification and Education Committee. He was an Executive Committee Member of Team Ohio through the Ohio Economic Development Council as well as former chair of the Allen County Workforce Investment Act Board and Allen County Revolving Loan Fund.
The public is invited to a meet and greet session with Wagner at the Oakley Lindsay Center on Wednesday.
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