The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosted the 18th annual Investor Appreciation Luncheon on March 1st to recognize 61 Grant County businesses. This event honors business investments made the previous calendar year of $25,000 or more. The Appreciation Luncheon highlighted a total of $131,876,855 invested in 2016, bringing the total number of dollars invested over the last 18 years to well above $2.64 billion!
Business men and women along with local elected officials gathered at Meshingomesia Golf & Social Club over lunch to celebrate another year of growth for Grant County. A few of the businesses being recognized took a moment to share a bit about their business and what led them to make the investment, as well as how the Grant County Economic Growth Council was able to help them along the way. Chad Leighty of Progressive Dental Center in Marion shared how the Growth Council facilitated the land transfer with Marion General Hospital that allowed Progressive Dental to secure a larger facility with limited tax repercussions. Progressive Dental was formerly known as K&L Dental and is still in the process of expanding its services in Marion.
The Growth Council’s mission is to “facilitate investment and reinvestment for job retention and creation.” In an effort to live out this mission, each year the Growth Council seeks to celebrate Grant County’s success stories and honor the businesses that continue to invest and recommit to their Grant County roots. This tradition began eighteen years ago per the suggestion of Jim Marcuccilli, president of STAR Financial Bank. STAR Financial has served as the primary sponsor of this event with the Growth Council every year since the debut Appreciation Luncheon in 2000.
The Growth Council recognizes and regrets that some businesses are overlooked each year. Thus the team encourages all local businesses to contact the Growth Council about any investments in Grant County businesses of $25,000 or more in 2017.