Last month, the Board of Directors for the Washington County IDA welcomed Laura Wells as its newest member.  Mrs. Wells was appointed by the County Commission following the resignation of Mr. Fran Pashia. Mr. Pashia, who was appointed by the late Commissioner Robert Simpson, submitted his resignation letter last month after serving over 20 years.  The IDA would like to thank Mr. Pashia for his contribution and many years of dedication to the community.

Mrs. Wells has been employed at Washington County Memorial Hospital for 16 years.  She previously served on the Missouri Association of Rural Health Clinic Board and on the board for the Washington County Saddle Club.  She and her husband of 30 years, Chris,have two adult children.

“I am invested in seeing our community grow and develop. It is crucial to the future of Washington County to ensure businesses and jobs are available to our residents.  I look forward to working with our IDA board members and hope I can be an asset to the already strong leaders on the board,” said Wells.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the IDA, defining the mission, capital budgeting and industrial park management.  Currently, the board is engaged in strategic collaboration with Consulting Director, Jaclyn Rowe.  The organization is focusing on several key initiatives including the improvement of its’ online presence, marketing, community relations, an annual audit, final preparations to advertise for bids on a new build in the industrial park, negotiations for expansion projects and growth in regional partnerships.  With the addition of Mrs. Wells, the board hopes to continue making progress and ultimately, adding jobs to our local economy.

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