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Port Authority Good For Business




The establishment of the Regional Port Authority of Northwest Ohio, and Fulton County membership in the organization, provides another useful tool for economic development.

Given the status of the economy, the men and women working in economic development need every tool they can get their hands on.

A port authority has a wide variety of things it can do, from raising low-interest loan money to owning property. A port authority can assist with business, industry, housing, recreation, education, government operations- even cultural projects.

Northwest Ohio is operating its Port Authority on a shoestring. Its director is the only paid employee. The Maumee Valley Planning Organization is donating office space and taking care of other administrative duties. Fulton County is contributing $10,000 to be part of the four-county (Fulton, Defiance, Henry and Paulding) organization. In the world of government, that’s not a lot of money.

So, let’s review: the port authority can do a lot of things, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. If it helps land a big, or even medium-sized, company that locates in one of the four counties, it has earned its keep.

Let’s hope it gets used, and often.


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