"Keep broadcasting Clay County and you never know what could happen," said Gordon Ayer, executive director of the Council for Economic Development.
Ayer is retiring from his position and discussed improvements he has made for the Clay County Economic Development Organization to members of the Chamber of Commerce. His main goals were to be able to provide assistance to the 11 existing industries and attract new industries and start-up businesses to the county.
He did so by gathering and distributing information about businesses to businesses by complying a catalog of available property in Clay County. Ayer also distributed 30 minute phone cards to call the CCEDO with in order to get the word out about Clay County, sent out mailers and brochures, and built a home page for the organization to increase the possibilities for opportunities to come along.
Mayor Kenny Crabb collaborated with Ayer in visiting the headquarters of existing industries in Clay County because Ayer believes it is important they are aware that their business is appreciated as well as visiting site consultants to keep them informed on business opportunities.
Ayer suggested to the Chamber of Commerce that a 20-acre industrial park would be very helpful to the county but it ties up a lot of money and is very tough to do. A 300,000 square foot building would also benefit Clay County because there are many inquiries for a building that size. The addition of the building would give the county a drawing card for another industry or large business.