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ECONOMY Above photos submitted by The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Wooster

WOOSTER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Contact Information - 377 West Liberty St., (330) 262-5735, fax (330) 262-5745, www.woosterchamber.com. Chamber President - Justin Starlin Chairman of the Board - Mark Morrison, Morrison Custom Welding Hours - weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. More Information - Since 1900, the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce (originally known as the Wooster Board of Trade) has played a critical role in assisting business and citizens in the community. Advocating a strong partnership of business, education, agriculture and community, the chamber strives to strengthen the economic base and appeal of Wooster and Wayne County. According to Justin Starlin, the chamber’s Board of Directors is committed to promoting, protecting and perpetuating the business interests of its members as well as attracting and retaining new business. Through consistent and visible activities and communications, the chamber continues to advocate for community development. With the support of more than 700 members, representing over 20,000 employees, the

chamber works closely with civic and government leaders to enhance the local business environment. Aiding in the development of potential leaders, the chamber sponsors the Leadership Wooster program. Now in its 18th year, more than 500 professionals have graduated from the year-long program and are becoming involved in various associations and non-profit organizations. The Young Professionals organization is quickly becoming a popular initiative, providing opportunities for professionals to network, socialize and expand their professional horizons. The chamber’s professional staff provides excellent service to visitors, residents and members. The organization is supported by 250 volunteers who provide the time, funds and resources needed to keep Wooster a vibrant community. Other chamber-sponsored events include the Wayne County Home and Garden Show, the Wayne County Regional Trade & Employment Convention, Woosterfest, Safety Council, Legislative forums, Business After Hours, Shop Small Woo and much more.

MAIN STREET WOOSTER Contact Information - 377 W. Liberty St., (330) 262-6222, fax (330) 262-5745, www.mainstreetwooster.org. Executive Director - Sandra Hull Project Coordinator - Beverly Chrapowicki Office hours - weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mission statement - To enhance the community of Wooster by improving the quality of its downtown business and living environment through planning, organization, design, promotion and economic development. More Information - Since 1987, Main Street Wooster has helped to facilitate more than $170 million in public/private reinvestment, 175 building rehabilitations/restorations, 165 net new businesses, 69 expansions of existing businesses and 15 annual events, sponsored by community businesses, attract more than 22,000 people annually to the downtown area. The events create awareness and have residents and visitors enjoy the ambiance of downtown Wooster. With

more than 300 businesses in downtown Wooster, it is possible to live, work, shop, dine and be entertained all within a few blocks. 11 new businesses were incorporated in 2015 and, currently, there are 100 lofts, and 15 condominiums creating a strong residential component in downtown Wooster. Main Street Wooster Highlights • Ohio Magazine Award 2006 - Ohio’s Best Hometown in NE region. • Great American Main Steert Award 1996 • National Honor - MSW was designated as a National Main Street Community each year from 2005-2014 by Downtown Ohio Inc. and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. This annual evaluation program focuses on public support, historic preservation ethics, board of directors activities and other criteria. MSW received the national Great American Main Street Award in 1996.

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