GLR president seeks cooperation with county

By Mackenzi Klemann -

LIMA — The Greater Lima Region Inc.’s new president and CEO is meeting with governmental representatives and community boards in search of economic development-related projects the GLR can invest in.

New GLR President Doug Olsson and the Allen County commissioners met Thursday afternoon to discuss Olsson’s new strategy for the GLR, a privately funded economic development organization trying to foster collaboration and growth in the eight-county region.

“I’m asking you to let us know if you come across a project that the GLR can support,” said Olsson, who is trying to establish a dialogue between himself and county representatives. “I’ll take it to the (GLR) board and we’ll go from there.”

Olsson confirmed the GLR board is currently reviewing a potential investment in the Lima Rotary Club’s amphitheater park, which the club hopes to construct on South Union Street. He’s actively searching for other projects the GLR may make financial contributions to heading into 2020.

Olsson joined the GLR as vice president of communications and business development in June and was later promoted to president following Jeff Sprague’s departure this month. He previously worked as publisher of The Lima News and vice president of the newspaper’s parent company, AIM Media Midwest, until May.

In July, Olsson told The Lima News he plans to refocus the organization’s economic development efforts toward direct financial investments in projects around the region. He also plans to identify boards or community groups with overlapping missions in the hopes that competing boards will collaborate.

While the GLR has always claimed regional economic development as its mission, Olsson said the implementation and communication strategy will be new.

By Mackenzi Klemann

Reach Mackenzi Kleman at 567-242-0456.

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