Gentry talks Honda plant, local economic development at Agronomy Field Day

Jamie Gentry of Enterprise Advisory Group was the lunchtime speaker during the Southwest Ohio Corn Growers and Fayette County Agronomy Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023

Tyler Flora | Record-Herald

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — On Tuesday, the Southwest Corn Growers and Fayette County Agronomy Field Day took place at the Fayette County Airport. A large group gathered to take part in the day full of speakers and activities.

A complimentary lunch was provided by the Southwest Corn Growers and Fayette County Agronomy Club and the food was prepared by Carson’s Farmhouse Favorites.

One of the speakers was Miami Trace High School graduate and partner at Enterprise Advisory Group, Jamie Gentry. According to Gentry, he provides economic development services, whether it’s private companies or small communities that may not have full-time economic developers. He spoke about his role in Fayette County.

“My role basically has to do more with outward marketing of the community, and not just the entire community, but specific to the industrial parks that the city and the county are both developed. What it comes down to is working to expand the capabilities of those industrial parks to try to attract high value, high wage jobs.”

He talked about the growth of site selection projects over the last few years in Fayette County.

“In my career, site selection projects, especially in a small rural community, are not something that you come by very frequently as an economic development professional. Ninety-plus percent of your economic growth comes from your existing businesses that are already here, they’re already creating jobs, and you’re adding jobs and you’re expanding over that time. The last few years that has really flip-flopped, and it’s not just because Fayette County is a great place to be, it’s that economic activity in general has exploded

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