LIMA — Marcel Wagner has accepted a job as president of The Great River Economic Development Foundation in Quincy, Ill.
Wagner was with the Allen Economic Development Group in Lima for 21 years. He began his new position in the middle of March, taking over for Jim Mentesti, who retired after 27 years with GREDF, according to WGEM and the Quincy Herald-Whig.
“Marcel’s years of experience as an economic development professional and proven track record in a region with similar characteristics to our tri-state region made him stand out among the pool of strong local and national candidates we interviewed,” said Tim Finlay, GREDF Board of Directors chairman. “The level of interest in the position indicated to us that GREDF and our region have a reputation for being pro-economic growth.”
Quincy is a city of about 40,000 on the Illinois-Missouri border
Wagner is a certified economic developer and former chair of the International Economic Development Council Certification and Education Committee. He was an Executive Committee Member of Team Ohio through the Ohio Economic Development Council as well as former chair of the Allen County Workforce Investment Act Board and Allen County Revolving Loan Fund.
Wagner told the Quincy Herald-Whig he and his wife are eager to make the area their home and looking forward to the opportunity.
“One of the things that attracted me to the community is the strength of the partnerships I see here,” Wagner told the paper. “I’m a great believer in collaboration and partnerships. I know that success comes from people and groups working together.”
In January, the Allen Economic Development Group named Jeff Sprague its new president, replacing Wagner. Naming Sprague, who had served as the group’s vice president, was the culmination of a five-year transition plan with Wagner.