A lesson in booming business

Osceola Leadership Summit participants learn about economic development

OSCEOLA COUNTY — From learning the challenge of attracting businesses to a city, to hearing of companies built from the ground up, Osceola Leadership Summit participants got a lesson in business on Thursday. “Economic Development Day” was the sixth in the nine-month, one–day–a–month program that helps leaders connect with and discover their community. Through a series of field trips and lessons in effective communication, leaders learn how to improve their own businesses and network with others in the county. Thursday, participants completed an economic development role-playing game before touring local businesses such as Reed City Tool and hearing how the business developed. RC Tool owner Rod Weck explained the company’s journey since its beginning in 1959. He bought the business in 2009 and it has since doubled its sales. “The business was horrible, the price was good and the future was bright,” Weck said, of the company in 2009. The Osceola Leadership Summit was created last year and runs from September through May. The class has visited schools, health care facilities and the state capitol as well as has seen emergency response demonstrations. Applications for the 2014 class of the Osceola Leadership Summit will be available this summer. For more information on the summit, visit