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Say Hello to the Wabash County Business Alliance Inc.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDG) have voted to merge their two entities into a new organization, the Wabash County Business Alliance Inc.

Members of both groups voted in late May and the vote overwhelmingly passed in both cases. The merger will be official on June 30th. The votes came after two forums were held to answer questions about the changes and lay out the reasoning for the need for a combined organization. One reason given was the growing overlap of services offered by each, another was that over the past decade the nature of economic development and the work of the chamber has evolved and presents new requirements that a combined organization could better respond to with fewer redundancies.

Keith Gillenwater, who has been serving as the president and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, will head the Alliance.

“I am excited to take the helm of the new Wabash County Business Alliance Inc.,” said Gillenwater. “Wabash County has a bright future ahead and our new organization is set to continue to build upon the legacy of the many great accomplishments EDG and Chamber have built over the previous years while being better positioned to tackle new challenges our community faces, like the threat of population decline, workforce development concerns and embracing livability enhancements.”

Keith Gillenwater, President & CEO

Economic Development Group of Wabash County