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Candidate Wilkowski announces his Toledo Economic Recovery Council

Toledo, Jan. 2, 2009: Democrat Keith Wilkowski introduced his Toledo Economic Recovery Council, a “blue-ribbon panel” that will advise the 2009 mayoral candidate “on strategies to guide” the city’s economic development.

“We need jobs here and we need jobs now,” says Wilkowski. “With Washington debating an unprecedented economic recovery plan, we must take steps now to ensure that Toledo is not left behind.”

The Council is comprised of the following community leaders in business, labor, and economic development:

Keith Wilkowski

• Bill Brennan, President of the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio and former Board Chair of the Regional Growth Partnership, Northwest Ohio’s leading private sector economic development agency with a mission to “build a high-tech, high-performance economy.”

•  Hernan Vásquez, President/CEO of Mandell-Vasquez, Inc., a commercial HVAC contractor and a past Trustee of the University of Toledo. In 2008, the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Vásquez as their “Businessperson of the Year.”

• Ken Dobson, Director of the Clean and Green Building Resource Laboratory at the University of Toledo. In 2005, Dobson was awarded the Richard Preston Award and honorable mention recognition for his innovations in emerging applied tech-driven community economic development by the International Economic Development Council.

• Mary Gregory, Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, a trade association that serves as the voice of mechanical contractors in the region.

• Mike Haupricht, Business Manager and Executive Secretary of the Northwestern Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.

• Olivia Holden, Executive Director of Assets Toledo, a non-profit organization serving small business owners with self-employment training and support.

• Mary Jo Waldock, Special Assistant to University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs for Economic Development. Ms. Waldock is responsible for helping the university mobilize and coordinate its diverse economic development initiatives reaching from the main and health science campuses to the city, region and globe.

• David Wallace, P.E., past President of Benchmark Engineering and a former City of Toledo Assistant Chief Operating Officer. In 1997, Wallace led the city's effort to keep Jeep in Toledo.

“The current economic crisis demands a comprehensive plan to rebuild and re-power Toledo. I'm privileged to be advised by such an exemplary panel of community leaders.”





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