Back in 2009 the Darke County Economic Development Office was in search of an individual to provide leadership for its newly created Partnering for Progress program. Being a member of the search committee and taking part in the screening and interview process of the numerous candidates I recall the day Marc Saluk walked into the room for his interview. The meeting room atmosphere instantly consumed the energy, enthusiasm, and passion that Marc genuinely displayed. At the conclusion of Marc’s interview the committee members came to a rather quick and unanimous consensus that it has found the leader needed to move the Partnering for Progress initiative forward.
Fast forward to 2016 and the scoreboard reads of numerous business development projects achieved, millions of dollars of capital investment injected throughout the business community, thousands of jobs retained and created, millions of dollars of payroll added, and the creation of a workforce development program for the Darke County community. All of this being accomplished by a collaborative effort among state, county, village, and business representatives combined with the leadership of Marc Saluk. End result the Partnering for Progress Economic Development program goals and objectives are being achieved with great success.
I will always remember Marc as an individual who worked tirelessly to advance economic development for a better and stronger Darke County economy. Marc’s exceptional character qualities and his constant display of energy and enthusiasm were very inspiring and infectious.
While it is a sad time for Darke County that Marc is leaving, Darke County can certainly celebrate and rejoice in the extraordinary economic and business development success the county has achieved under Marc’s leadership the past seven years.
Please join me in saluting Marc Saluk for an outstanding job he did for Darke County and to wish Marc continued success as Marc takes his “A” game to New Jersey and closer to his home roots.
Thank you Marc for sharing your skills, talents, energy, and enthusiasm. Your footprints will forever be present throughout Darke County.
Randy A. Gump