By KENDRA PEEK
10:05 AM EST, January 16, 2013
LANCASTER — Nathan Mick, economic development director for Garrard County, is taking the vice-president position at a technology-based, international economic development company in New York.
While serving as economic development director, a position he began in October 2007, Mick saw an increase in businesses and jobs in Garrard County, as well as a decrease in the unemployment rate and the influx of grant and economic development money.
In a statement released Tuesday, Mick said it had been an honor to work for Garrard County.
“There are many challenges yet to overcome in our community but we have worked hard and realized success through team leadership,” he said.
Some of these include community investments by Mine Shield, which purchased a 60,000-square-foot building to build mine refuge chambers using NASA technology; Lancaster going from dry to wet in 2008, generating tax revenue and businesses; and founding the Bluegrass South Regional Economic Development Coalition to pool resources from Garrard and nine other Kentucky counties for marketing efforts.
Mick and wife, Maggie who is a former Lancaster City Council member, plan to remain in Lancaster, which is a benefit for the county, according to Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson.
“We are so appreciative of his many contributions and dedication to making Garrard County better. I look forward to working together in the future,” Wilson said in the release.
Mick’s final day as economic development director will be Feb. 1. He said he plans to commute to New York.
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