CEDCO announces members of Operational Council

Making this Weinland Park Food District (WPFD) vision a reality requires the expertise of many disciplines from serial entrepreneurs to food and marketing/social media professionals. Approaching the end of the HUD Challenge Grant, the WPFD requires a Developer/Operator to assume responsibility for the creation, financing and implementation of a viable business plan resulting in a sustainable project.

The Steering Committee of the WPFD concept has agreed to designate the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO) as the organization to oversee the development of the business and design plans, to attract project financing through a combination of investments, grants and project revenues and to eventually operate the project.

CEDCO has selected a group of individuals to serve on the WPFD Operational Council (OC) to be the entity that manages the final planning stages through the implementation of the project. The OC will eventually serve as the management group that operates the project on an on-going basis for the benefit of the Weinland Park neighborhood and beyond. The members on the OC represent organizations that have collectively spent decades serving the Weinland Park residents. They were chosen for their understanding of the neighborhood needs, as well as their expertise related to the components of business plan.

We now need to move from planning to making our vision a reality. CEDCO is actively seeking the assistance of technical business visionaries to help guide us to completion of the Weinland Park Food District.

The OC will recruit members for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), who will provide the guidance and advice critical to the successful completion of the WPFD project. Members of the TAC will come from the various disciplines/industries represented in the Program of Requirements (POR), which will lead to the creation of the business, program and design plans. While the membership of the Operational Council will remain fairly consistent, the membership of the TAC will ebb and flow depending on the expertise needs of the OC.

Mark Wagenbrenner
Wagenbrenner Development Company


Michael Jones
Local Matters

Executive Director

Susan Colbert
The Ohio State University

Program Director, OSU Extension

Kaci Harris
Weinland Park Community Resident

Public Engagement

Joyce Hughes
Weinland Park Community Civic Association


Kay Bea Jones
The Ohio State University

Associate Professor of Architecture

Brian Williams
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Agricultural Specialist

Linda Silva
Godman Guild Association

VP Development & Operations

Wendy Hansen-Smith
Godman Guild Association

VP Workforce Development

Paul Keida

Project Manager, WPFD

Jackie Graham

Business Development

Ellen Moss Williams

Sole Member

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