Last year was like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We began the year as planned but just after our Annual Meeting in March, adjusted to the new way of working virtually with our Board of Directors, partners, businesses, manufacturing community, volunteers, and the community at large. To reflect, I wanted to highlight some of the notable events of the past year:
  • After 2 years of working with a variety of partners, we were finally able to announce that Ford Motor Company would be occupying a new 1 million square foot distribution facility at the old Nike Missile site.
  • Administered 2 grant programs through the MEDC that provided over $1.4 million to 180 local small businesses.
  • We went virtual hosting webinars on the Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Financial Management, Pivoting During COVID, Ways to Keep your Employees and Businesses safe during the COVID Pandemic. The webinars were viewed by over 750 individuals representing their respective businesses.
  • Annual Investors’ Meeting was held at Phoenix Theater in the Mall of Monroe and featured Anthony Cafaro, Jr. of the Cafaro Company as our keynote speaker. Attendance at the 2020 Investors’ Meeting was the biggest we have experienced to date.
  • The Image and Brand Pillar Team also launched the Gateway Beautification Program. The program is being piloted at Exits 15 and 18 along I-75 where crews from the Monroe County Jail Redshirt Program are landscaping the areas to increase the appearance of the communities. The Redshirt Program participants have the opportunity to earn a recognizable landscaping credential for their efforts.
We appreciate you and your business, and we thank you for all of your support over the years. May 2021 bring you blessings, health and prosperity.