MCED July 2020 article

July 2020

“Remember, we can do it one job at a time.” – Frank Withrow

With the recent passing of Frank, his family lost a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Macon County lost a hard-working, dedicated champion, and my husband, Dan, and I lost a dear friend as did many people.  Frank served as Director of Macon County Economic Development from 1998 until 2008 when he retired.  Frank then returned to the position in 2015 and 2016 to mentor me for the Director position.  He had a great love for and dedication to this community and while he may have left the Director position, he never stopped working to better our community.  He taught me many things to prepare me for this position;  we are a part of a team and none of this is done alone, work hard for our County, accept that you can’t always please everyone just do your best, good common sense will serve you well, and your family is always first.  It was an honor to know and work with Frank and I am grateful I had the opportunity.

Our economy is still recovering from the effects of COVID-19 and we have a long road ahead of us but there are signs that we are heading in the right direction.  There are many programs available to assist our businesses, please visit our website at and click on the COVID-19 Resources page or contact our office at 660-385-5627.  It is now more important than ever for us to give our local businesses our patronage and support, they are the backbone of our community.

As we continue to support our existing businesses we are always searching for new industry and business for our area.  Many people are working very hard to improve our position to make us competitive in the market place of business and industry attraction.   We have couple good prospects one of which recently brought several visitors to the county.  I cannot share more at this time however; I am very hopeful it will develop into something great for us.

As of the writing of this at the end of July, about 64% of Macon County residents have completed the 2020 Census.  If you haven’t completed the survey please be sure to do so.  The 2020 Census data is used to determine allocation of hundreds of billion of dollars in federal funding for critical programs like our hospital, fire departments, and school lunch programs just to name a few.  Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, and which products and services to offer.  The results determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.  Over the next decade, many will use the 2020 Census data to make critical decisions.  Remember, our best is yet to come and we can get it done one job at a time.


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