Grundy County Commissioners received a request this morning to make a financial commitment; joining with others, to pay for a strategy showcasing Trenton to prospective businesses.
In particular, it would include marketing the ConAgra Foods building on Harris Avenue in Trenton.
Community Developer Ralph Boots reports he’s been working with the Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation and other stakeholders on developing strategies since ConAgra’s announcement that it plans to close Trenton plant in 2018.
Boots said the IDC has received a proposal to develop a target industry/cluster analysis for Trenton and the surrounding area. He noted an economic development company would prepare marketing materials for the Trenton area – including an in-depth documentation of ConAgra facility and marketing of the facility to business prospects.
Grundy County Industrial Development has a goal of raising 80 thousand dollars to cover the costs for the proposed work. Boots stated ConAgra Foods was the first to commit funds with a pledge of over 20 thousand dollars. Empire Gas Company was next to pledge with more pledges expected to come this week.
Once the goal is reached, the IDC plans to engage the services of the Ady Advantage company. Their website describes it as an economic development, marketing, and site selection consulting firm. Organizations or businesses wishing to contribute to Grundy County IDC may contact Ralph Boots at the Trenton City Hall at359 4310.
Grundy county commissioners plan to consider the funding request tomorrow.