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Economic Development Authority

The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority is a seven member board appointed by City Council and charged with promoting the economic wellbeing of the community. In addition to its legal authority to issue industrial development bonds, the EDA directs strategic planning initiatives, oversees economic development incentives, and leads outreach efforts to the business community.  Staff support is provided by the Office of Economic Development.

In 2011, the EDA received a USDA Rural Development grant to establish a revolving loan fund for small business. The Grow Loan is a short term, low interest loan designed to assist Waynesboro based small businesses with start up operations, construction, and other costs.

On December 9, 2011, the EDA formally adopted an Economic Development Strategic Plan. The goals of the plan were updated in 2016. The original plan, four page overview, and updated goals are available for download.

In partnership with the City, the EDA administered the CARES funded Small Business Grant programs.  The loan committee reviewed applications and dispersed $600,000 of grant funds via four different programs to 53 small businesses and nonprofits in the city.  Full reports are available here, under COVID Response.

Currently serving on the Waynesboro Economic Development Authority are the following local business leaders:

  • George Reed, Chairman
  • Tami Radecke, Vice Chairwoman
  • Kelly Maggi 
  • Mark Snyder
  • Brenda Arkward
  • Chris Ornelas
  • Chanda McGuffin
  • Gregory E. Hitchin, Secretary & Treasurer

The EDA meets regularly on the second Friday of each month at 8:00 am in the Economic Development Conference Room at 301 West Main Street unless otherwise noted.  Meeting dates are listed below, click the date for meeting agendas and minutes.

January 13, 2023
February 10, 2023
March 10, 2023
April 14, 2023
May 12, 2023
June 9, 2023
July 14, 2023
August 11, 2023 – CANCELED
September 8, 2023
October 13, 2023
November 16, 2023 (different from regular schedule)
December 8, 2023
January 12, 2024
February 9, 2024 – CANCELED
March 8, 2024
April 12, 2024
May 10, 2024
June 14, 2024




EDA Bond Rules Procedures

Economic Development Plan Update

Strategic Plan 2011

Strategic Plan Summary 2011

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