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WREDC to reevaluate mission

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Worthington Assistant City Administrator Jason Brisson outlines plans for Worthington's complete count committee. (Leah Ward / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Following the resignation of executive director Abraham Algadi, board members of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. are rethinking the goals and mission of the organization.

The WREDC has changed its name and focus before, explained Worthington Assistant City Administrator Jason Brisson, who is covering the administrative work in the interim.

Originally named WAI for Worthington Area Industries, the organization was formed to encourage and facilitate local economic development. When the organization rebranded as the WREDC, it decided to work on a contractual basis with individual developers.

Now, the WREDC may rebrand again.

With the recent city of Worthington hiring of Jeremiah Cromie as city planner, Brisson is now devoting his time to economic development. Since the city now has a dedicated staff member on this effort, there's some question about whether a development corporation is still needed, Brisson said.

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The board has not made any final decisions yet, and Brisson added that it doesn't make sense to hire a replacement for Algadi until a firm objective is put in place for the organization's future.

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