DeKALB – Boosting the economic health of DeKalb County is about to get $80,000 less expensive for the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.
Waste Management, a waste and environmental services company, contributed the $80,000 to help the corporation with its various initiatives to bring in more businesses and increase industrial facilities.
The company has worked with the county for more than 20 years and has been involved in a number of annual events, dinners and meetings with the corporation, said Waste Management spokesman William Plunkett.
“We’ve been supportive of the work of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. because of its focus on enhancing the county’s economy,” Plunkett said.
The contribution comes at a crucial time, Paul Borek, executive director of the DCEDC, said in a news release. The corporation is carrying out its Industrial Growth Initiative program to develop manufacturing and industry in the county.
“Waste Management has long supported our efforts to expand and diversify the DeKalb County’s economy,” Borek said in the news release.
One part of the program is a partnership with industry and educators. The corporation is working on an industrial work force development program that will introduce students to career opportunities, internships and jobs.
The contribution came as part of Waste Management’s host agreement with the county, Plunkett said. The agreement was developed before the company worked on the application for the expansion of the landfill in the Cortland Township.
“It’s a provision of the host agreement and certainly one we were happy to support and include because of the importance of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.,” Plunkett said.
He said Waste Management continues to support the economic growth of the county through contributions such as the one to DCEDC.
“Waste Management has played an important role in the business community in DeKalb County that is separate from the landfill,” Plunkett said.