Van Wert Business Development CorporationCongratulations on the successful public kickoff of the Accelerate Van Wert Campaign to Business Development Corporation of Van Wert (BDC) President and Accelerate Van Wert Campaign Co-Chair Andy Czajkowski (Statewide Ford Lincoln); his fellow Campaign Co-Chairs Adam Reis (First Federal of Van Wert) and Michele Purmort-Mooney (Purmort Brothers Insurance Agency)! As announced to 50+ business and community leaders at the public kickoff event, hosted at Willow Bend Country Club last Friday, the private-public partnership has already raised $678,500 (57%) towards the $1.2M campaign goal during the “quiet phase.” We’re in the home stretch!

Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the 2019-2023 Accelerate Van Wert initiative which sustains the BDC’s role in assisting businesses in acquiring land and buildings, and it also includes an expanded scope of work by which the BDC and its investors can positively influence the Van Wert talent pool and “quality of place” – both of which are essential to supporting Van Wert’s existing businesses and attracting new ones. The Initiative includes three mutually supporting goals:

                     GOAL 1: Opportunity Fund to Grow Jobs and Attract Capital Investment

                     GOAL 2: Attract, Retain and Align Talent

                     GOAL 3: Strengthen Quality of Place

In addition to remarks from Reis and Czajkowski, Dean Monske, President of Toledo-based Regional Growth Partnership, a private sector development partner for businesses and government entities in a 17-county region in northwest Ohio, also spoke at the Kickoff about the importance of public-private partnerships and lauded the BDC’s initiative.

Development Director Matt Chambers and the rest of our team at POWER 10 are pleased to have worked with the aforementioned and other key Van Wert County leaders, and we look forward to a successful conclusion to the campaign in the coming months!

Click here to read more about this event from the Van Wert Independent newspaper.

Click here to read the official press release.


BDC President and Accelerate Van Wert Campaign Co-Chair, Andy Czajkowski

POWER 10 Campaign Director, Matt Chambers

Van Wert business and community leaders.

Stacy Adam, Executive Director, Van Wert Economic Development; Bill Purmort, CEO, Central Insurance Company; Jeff Snyder, Superintendent, Lincolnview Schools

Accelerate Van Wert Campaign Co-Chair Adam Reis.

Accelerate Van Wert Campaign Co-Chair Michelle Purmort-Mooney.

Regional Growth Partnership CEO and Campaign Kickoff keynote speaker Dean Monske.