2012 Annual Report
Message from the Chair
2012 has certainly been a year of fluctuations. Over the year we witnessed a gubernatorial recall, national elections, significant changes in our staff and many wonderful additions to our Board of Directors.
Through all of the recent changes, the SCEDC’s outlook continues to grow brighter. By late 2012, our third year of operation, we had already exceeded our five-year strategic goal of catalyzing $100 million in capital investment and crushed our 2011 job retention/creation numbers by more than doubling our impact. We have seen the conclusion of the Plymouth-Kohler Railroad, a three year project for the SCEDC, and our list of clients has grown exponentially.
The SCEDC served an active role to increase access to capital by taking over administration of the County Business Loan Fund and helping to create the Lakeshore Angel Network, which will soon be ready to take on its first investments. The SCEDC has continually been asked by companies to help them assemble financial packages of local and state resources to help secure primary financing and offset with workforce training.
Despite all these changes, our focus and promise to enhance the economic climate and opportunities in Sheboygan County have remained steadfast. We know there is more to be done. I would like to thank our investors and Board of Directors for their continued support of our efforts.
Gary Dulmes, Chairman of the Board
Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation