GREENVILLE — The Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (DCCIC) board of directors approved a new logo for its Partnering for Progress initiative during the board meeting Wednesday.
The new, modern logo complements the existing Darke County Economic Development logo, so the two can easily be used in the same marketing materials without appearing to clash, explained Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. Saluk also showed the board a marketing folder that has been completed and can be handed out at events.
The board perused a revised budget for 2016. Revisions were made from the approved budget to increase advertising and marketing expense and a contract. Workforce Training Income also was increased in the budget, offsetting the increased expenses.
Saluk gave the board his regular economic development report and told them, “Everything is done or in the process of being done.” Over the course of the past several years, all of the major initiatives of Economic Development/Partnering for Progress have been launched and are not well underway.
He described the organization as “pretty fully formed at the moment” and said it could start taking up more of an oversight position in economic development programs and initiatives. He said the organization should be able to “seed things, help organize them and then let them run on their own.”
Saluk also reminded members to keep fundraising and partnerships at the top of their awareness. He share an anecdote of a new partner to the organization who’d commented that the only reason they hadn’t joined before was that no one had asked. The board asked for quarterly email distribution of a list of members and potential members so they could do their part with promotion.
Lisa Wendel, Career Pathway Coordinator at Darke County Economic Development, spoke on the business and school partnerships, including an anecdote about how Fram presented a sensor problem to a high school chemistry class to find a solution.
Wendel also told of a Senior Straight to Work job fair that is in planning for March. The job fair is for seniors in high school who plan to go directly into the workforce, whether as a career path or before seeking further education. Wendel said that local manufacturers have come to her and asked why they were not seeing any applications for open positions from graduating seniors in high school. Wendel said the fair will likely provide a universal application for all of the business participants, so that seniors can fill out one application and mark the companies they are interested in applying for.
Saluk said the organization’s move toward establishing 501(c)3 tax-exempt status is continuing but there is “no timeline on getting that done this year.” Saluk explained to the Daily Advocate in a previous conversation that a 501(c)3 tax status would enable the organization to be eligible for more grant money, in addition to making donations tax-deductible for donors.