There have been, and continue to be, different organizations focused on economic development within the city of Oshkosh. Chamco, Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation (OAEDC) which was an arm, if you will, of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, the Business Improvement District (BID), and that’s only some of them. Now there is the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, or GO-EDC.
On April 16, three members of the GO-EDC team taped an episode of Eye on Oshkosh to talk about what the non-profit, non-stock corporation is and what they hope to accomplish with it.Bill Wyman (interim CEO and board president), Jason White (new CEO) and Erin Sutton (Communications Manager) joined me to discuss how GO-EDC differs from the other development entities and why they hope this will be successful. They also explained that Chamco is, for all intents and purposes, now a defunct organization.
From its beginning in 1960 until recently, Chamco was known as “The Oshkosh Industrial Development Corporation.” But now, GO-EDC will be taking over industrial development, as well as doing commercial economic development.
Formed in May 2014 and formally launched last August, a number of private individuals, businesses, public sector and community-oriented organizations have devotes and invested resources, time and energy to help establish GO-EDC. With a mission and focus on regional economic development, GO-EDC works in partnership with others – both public-sector and private – but it has a clearly established policy that it is private-sector led with private-sector funding making up the majority of its operational funds.
In fact, Wyman emphasized on the show, that their biggest project at the present time is raising money from private-sector organizations. They also are developing a strong partnership with public and private educational institutions – both K-12 and secondary educational institutions. At the same time they will work with and in harmony with efforts and successes already put in place by other economic development organizations.
For more on this discussion with GO-EDC, view the entire episode of Eye on Oshkosh: