Former Elizabethtown Councilman Terry Shipp is again at Metropolis Corridor as he takes on a newly created function of enterprise growth officer.
Shipp stated the place, similar to the title suggests, will deal with “enterprise growth.” This new function with metropolis authorities was shaped to additional assist lead Elizabethtown into a brand new period of development and alternative, significantly on the heels of the announcement of Ford’s plan to construct twin manufacturing crops on the Glendale megasite.
The crops are a part of Ford’s push for its new technology of electrical automobiles. The corporate has partnered with SK Improvements, a South Korean producer, to supply batteries for electrical automobiles.
“If there’s ever been a superb time to promote Elizabethtown, it’s now,” Shipp stated, noting town was already a regional hub with its location, airport, hospital, and extra.
Shifting ahead with enterprise growth, Shipp, who served on metropolis council for eight years, stated they’ll have three areas of focus: welcome and assist; outreach; and recruitment.
“We need to be very supportive of our new companies that we anticipate coming in, however we additionally don’t need to neglect the prevailing companies which can be already right here,” he stated. “We need to be sure the brand new companies really feel very welcome, and we need to give all of them the assist and a spotlight we will to get them up and open and going, however on the similar time we need to deal with our current companies too.”
In outreach efforts, Shipp stated they need to be sure they’re successfully speaking with all of the stakeholders concerned.
“As they know what our efforts are, we’ll have the ability to assist native companies after they have issues or points. We’ll have the ability to mirror them up and match them up with the most effective useful resource,” he stated.
For the third leg of the stool, recruitment, Shipp stated they’ll exit and recruit companies that they really feel town could be missing. These might probably be recognized by way of native enterprise referrals, group strategies, or different avenues.
“We’re going to attempt to determine a few of these companies and see if we will’t recruit some into Elizabethtown,” he stated. “And if we will’t recruit them in, we’ll look from inside and see how we will discover the fitting folks and proper alternatives and perhaps we will begin one thing.”
He famous additionally taking a look at incentives for extra growth on the south finish of city.
Shipp stated the mayor, council, and different metropolis management have huge plans for Elizabethtown’s future.
“They’re not pondering small. They’re pondering that is our alternative,” he stated. “And we need to handle the expansion the fitting method.”
To assist guarantee they do handle it the fitting, Shipp stated in addition they plan to look to different communities which were by way of the identical growth to search out out what they did proper and what they want they might’ve performed otherwise.
“It is a actually neat alternative for Elizabethtown,” he stated.
Mayor Jeff Gregory finally week’s Metropolis Council assembly stated Shipp brings with him a variety of expertise in small enterprise in addition to authorities.
“We have now employed him to promote our metropolis based mostly upon the actual fact we’ve a variety of good issues occurring right here as properly the fruits that we’ve been capable of bear in Glendale with Ford and SK Improvements coming down there,” he stated throughout the assembly. “We thought this could be a good time to select any individual as much as signify our metropolis, exit and converse for our metropolis with regards to new enterprise, and likewise be concerned with the entire means of getting that established when any individual does need to are available and open a brand new enterprise.”
Shipp began his function as enterprise growth officer earlier this month.
Mary Alford could be reached at 270-505-1417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.