Cody Hatten sets up as Economic Development Coordinator

Bringing new businesses to the Delaware city and helping existing ones often comes down to helping them meet specific needs, said Cody Hatten, the newest member of the city government’s economic development department.

“Every business is unique and has many different needs. Whether it’s a manufacturer looking for workforce training programs for their employees, or the owner of a local restaurant outgrowing a space current and in need of expansion, we’re working to mediate and connect them with the resources they need,” said Hatten, who joined the city in early January as economic development coordinator.

He joins Economic Development Manager Sean Hughes and Courtney Hendershot, who has been promoted to Economic Development Project Manager.

City spokesman Lee Yoakum said the addition of Hatten expands the economic development department from two to three people. Hendershot previously served as economic development coordinator.

Hatten, 27, has worked in economic development since 2016, when he was an associate director at the Wayne County Office of Development in West Virginia. He also worked for the non-profit organization Lawrence Economic Development Corp. in Lawrence County, Ohio.

“Cody brings good experience to this role,” Hughes said. “His background in economic development and digital marketing will be a great addition to our team and our ongoing efforts.”

Hatten’s annual salary will be $57,096 and he will receive a benefits package including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, tuition reimbursement and community contributions. pension from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Hughes also praised Hendershot’s work as economic development coordinator.

“I look forward to the projects she will accomplish in this new capacity,” he said.

Experienced in real estate marketing, business retention and expansion, social media management and grant writing, Hatten said economic development is vital for a city like Delaware.

“We want to make sure that we’re constantly innovating, constantly supporting the companies that are here, and also creating opportunities for those that may one day arise,” Hatten said. “I think the most important and key thing is to make sure that we put our business leaders first and that they are well equipped, and I want to be that person.

“So I think going forward, for me, it’s about this resource and basically saying, ‘Hey, the phone line is open anytime. To reach.’ And always making sure we come to them, just checking and touching the base and saying, ‘Hey, what can we do to help you?’ “, He said.

Hatten moved to the city and said: “I feel like it’s booming. There’s activity left and right. As a resident, as someone who can go enjoying those things, it’s really exciting to see that there’s something different to do or a different place to go every day.”

He says he was greeted by other city employees.

“Everyone I’ve worked with so far has been very accommodating, very eager to help, making sure I understand the ins and outs of how things work and making sure I’m well equipped and prepared for move forward,” he said. My goal and what I want to do is to be a good resource for a lot of our business leaders here in the city, to make sure they know everything that’s going on in the city, to know what resources are available and know they can always reach out.”

Hatten holds a master’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

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