Effingham County Economic Development Foundation in Place


Published on February 4 2014 5:39 pm
Last Updated on February 4 2014 5:41 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County Economic Development Foundation (ECEDF) held it’s annual meeting recently, having spent much of 2013 organizing and establishing itself.
The ECEDF evolved from the Effingham Civic Foundation that has served the area since 1943. Encouraging the general economic growth and development of business, industrial and other supporting services to improve the quality of living all within the region and particularly the County of Effingham is one of the 4 core purposes of the ECEDF.
The Board of Directors heard a report of the first year’s successes and collaborations some of which included; the retention and growth of Southeastern Container, Inc.; an international beta test of a business retention and expansion online survey tool; business and legislative leader days, and Effingham’s first Manufacturing Day. An increase in membership of over 50% was also reported. 
The ECEDF is preparing to roll out a new name and logo. These will be used as part of marketing strategies to promote the Effingham region’s economic opportunities for the development, establishment, expansion and retention of industries and create jobs. 
New officer terms began February 1 and include: Paul Koerner, Koerner Distributor, Inc. as Chairperson; Chuck Deters, First National Bank of Dieterich, Vice-Chair; Jim Arndt, City of Effingham, Secretary; Claude Hudson, Washington Savings Bank, Treasurer; and Dan Woods, Woods Advisors, LLC, President. 
The Effingham County Economic Development 2014 Board of Directors, from left to right, standing; Bob Bray, Norma Lansing, Tom Wright, Tom Henderson, Bean Bingham, Paul Koerner, Chuck Deters, Bill Teichmiller, Dave Ring, Todd Hull, Jim Arndt, Claude Hudson, Dan Woods, Eric Zeller; Seated, L to R; Annette Schnabel, Ann Wagner, Leon Holschbach, Rick Siemer; and not pictured; Mike Wente, Travis Franklin, Blake Linders, John Stephens, and Jerry Hecht.