I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the members, partners and residents in the Quincy region as I become part of this wonderful community. I am pleased and privileged to serve as the new President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation.
Since starting last Monday I’ve had the opportunity to meet with new friends who are dedicated to the success and future growth of the region. I want to personally thank GREDF Board Chairman, Tim Finlay, the Search Committee and the GREDF Board for this opportunity. My wife Karen and I are excited about becoming a part of a great place to live and work.
During my initial time here, my focus will be on meeting with the public and private leadership and doing a lot of listening. I will strive to integrate my 20 years of experience in economic development into the fabric and future of Quincy. As a development organization, priorities will be on workforce development, retention and growth of existing business, enhancing the ability for entrepreneurs to start and build business and to take the message of the environment for business success to the national and international markets.
Economic development is not an endeavor of a single person or single organization… successful economic development is a collaborative and aggressive process. I am enthusiastic about developing and continuing relationships with community leadership to assist in the overall mission of GREDF.
GREDF has an outstanding staff and I am very excited to be on the development team. To those of you I’ve met, thank you for the warm welcome and to those of you who I’ve yet to meet, I look forward to getting to know you.
Marcel W. Wagner, Jr., CEcD
P.S. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me at the GREDF office at 217.223.4313. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or members of the staff if we can be of service.