OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Economic Development Board has hired Will Ingram as the new Oregon County Economic Developer.
Ingram fills the position that was vacated by Heather Fisher.
The board advertised for the position and received 15 resumes. According to Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, economic development board member, Ingram was chosen because of his wealth of education in the related fields to make him the most qualified for the job. He is the economic developer for the city of Ellington working under the REAP program.
Ingram will have an office in the courthouse at Alton.
"The position is a joint effort supported by the county, the city of Alton and the city of Thayer," Warren said.
He said the the board is made up of the mayor of Thayer, Allen Deckard, and Thayer Alderman Steve Hall, two city council members of Alton, Rick Deckard and Fred Jackman, and the three county commissioners Buddy Wright, John Wrenfrow and Leo Warren.
Ingram will live in Oregon County, a requirement of the board."The new developer will be around the county meeting community business leaders and business owners and anyone else that might have a need for his services. He will be working primarily with existing businesses to aid them in any way possible also trying to attract new businesses and to market our county for tourism," the presiding commissioner said. "Anyone that might have any ideas that might enhance Oregon County in any way are asked to visit with Ingram, one of the two representatives from the two cities or any county commission member.