Siplon said another priority is diversifying the economy beyond tourism.
Medical device manufacturing and health care are growth opportunities. He has been in touch with existing companies and new firms that are considering moving into the area, he said.
“I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the phones are not silent,” he said.
He did not provide specifics. The goal is to help convince small and medium companies that Warren County is a place where their businesses can grow.
Bartholomew served on multiple economic development boards, and Siplon said it is important to keep the lines of communication open so each group knows what the other is working on.
Siplon said EDC has been much more active since the pandemic. Instead of just monthly board meetings, its staff has been on frequent Zoom calls with county officials and business leaders to discuss the recovery.
Siplon estimated EDC spends about 40% of its time helping existing businesses deal with COVID-19 issues.
The pandemic has shined a light on the issues of internet connectivity, as students attend classes online and people work from home.
EDC is working to update 5-year-old maps of where broadband internet is lacking. Improving connectivity will open up business development opportunities in Chester, Warrensburg and Stony Creek, he said.