Developing a Plan for Marshall
They're banking on a $45,000 marketing plan to attract employers and employees to the Saline County community.
"Rural communities like Marshall, scattered all over the state, are in a very competitive environment," explained Roy Hunter of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation. "Very few companies are going to expand or re-locate, and our ability to attract and promote the community to those companies is critical."
"For the community, the plan means more families that will make use of all the services in town," said Rich Depaoli of the Galaxy Hotwheels Roller Rink.
The board plans to use the money to create marketing materials like CDs, visit tradeshows, and fund visits from MSDC officials to companies around the country to promote the city and its benefits.
"What I would like to see is at least one industry come into town, that's what I would like," added Hunter. "Of course, you know, two or three wouldn't hurt."
The MSDC Board of Directors hopes to attract technology, warehousing and distribution, advanced manufacturing, and plant and science businesses. The board also hopes better jobs will convince Marshall's young adults stay in town.