Tom Pukys, President of the Wayne Economic Development Council, has decided to step down after nearly four successful years leading the WEDC. Pukys’ last day will be May 31, 2021.
“It has been an honor to serve the community,” said Pukys. “During that time, I have had the opportunity to work with many great businesses and individuals in Wayne County and to help WEDC fulfill its important role in economic development in this community. While I am looking forward to moving on to new challenges, I will always cherish my time here in Wayne County.”
Don Noble II, Chairman of the Board of Directors of WEDC, said, “We appreciate everything Tom has done for the WEDC and the Wayne County community. Tom led a successful capital campaign and has helped Wayne County stay at the forefront of economic development nationally. We certainly wish him well in his new endeavors.”
During Pukys’ helm at WEDC, Wayne County has sustained its status as a nationally acclaimed micropolitan area for economic growth. The POLICOM Index, which applies numerous factors in analyzing smart economic growth, continues to rank Wayne County as a top 3% micropolitan area in the nation. Additionally, Site Selection magazine has ranked Wayne County seventh nationally in new project expansions in the past year. These highly sought recognitions show the level of respect in the economic development community for Wayne County.
Pukys added, “I am proud to have developed a great staff, and knowing that as I transition away from WEDC, the organization is poised to be stronger than ever. Wayne County is emerging from the pandemic with great economic opportunities ahead of it.”
The WEDC will begin the search for a new president to help sustain the organization’s mission, which is to promote and facilitate business retention and strategic business growth in Wayne County. Noble said the WEDC Board plans to have an interim president in place before Pukys’ transition date of May 31 and will conduct a thorough search for a long-term president.