Athens Economical Development Corporation (AEDC) President Brian Malone is once again traveling throughout the country recruiting business opportunities for Athens.
Malone is in California this week, traveling with the Northeast Texas Economic Alliance (NETEA). The group consist of EDCs from Athens, Commerce, Sulphur Springs, Mount Pleasant and Kilgore.
Malone said the group was in California visiting manufacturing plants, irrigation products, as well as doing follow-ups from previous visits. Malone is vying for businesses to invest in the Athens area.
“The way we get leads for companies to relocate have changed,” said Malone. “We now have to go after them at trade shows and elsewhere. So many companies look at larger metroplexes. We have to let them know what we have to offer.”
He said we have to develop our own leads and go after them.
“We will not win them all, but we will win some of them,” said Malone.
Med-Logics, who recently broke ground on Enterprise Drive in Athens, is the result of one such trip to California. The company, which specializes in manufacturing ophthalmology laser blades used in eye surgery and related technology, is bringing its operation to Athens. Med-Logics hopes to have its building finished by November.
Recently Malone was part of a team to exhibit at the Medical Design Manufacturing trade show in Philadelphia.
“Medical devices are a primary target market for AEDC business recruiting strategy,” said Malone. “Economical Development attends several industry events each year to meet decision makers and generate potential expansion or relocation prospects.”
Trade shows are just one of the tools used to find new businesses for Athens.