Boone County Development Agency (BCDA), the county’s economic development agency formed in 2000, will observe its 10th anniversary with an open house next Wednesday evening, Oct. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Albion Country Club.
Lieutenant Gov. Rick Sheehy will be a special guest.
BCDA can point to several achievements over the past decade, including attraction of new business and industry to the county.
Since late 2006, more than $400 million has been invested in Boone County. This includes both new construction and expansion projects that have resulted in about 160 new jobs.
The largest recruitment effort resulted in the ethanol plant near Albion. The plant began producing 110 million gallons of corn ethanol annually in October 2007 and now employs more than 60 people.
BCDA also assisted in bringing wind energy to Boone County over the past three to four years. The agency has made an effort to assist businesses of all sizes.
The agency was formed by interlocal agreement between Boone County and each municipality within the county. It is governed by a Board of Representatives comprised of two elected officials from each community, along with two county commissioners. The agency’s financial support comes from the county and all participating communities.
BCDA also includes an Executive Committee that meets twice each month to conduct the agency’s business and assist the Executive Director in meeting the organization’s goals.
Many of the agency’s current leaders have served since its formation.
Details in the Oct. 20 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and Electronic Editions.