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David Collins started as executive director of Washington Economic Development Group on Dec. 5.

Nearly two months into his new job, Washington Economic Development Group Executive Director David Collins is getting a feel for the economic development picture in Washington County.

Collins started his job as executive director of WEDG on Dec. 5 and has been working to find his footing since day one.

“I jumped into the water, and I started sinking; I don’t know if I’ve bottomed out yet,” Collins joked. “I’ve been meeting lots of people and trying to get acquainted with where things are at and a lot of files to go through.” 

“Mostly, I’m trying to meet people right now and get a feel for what people would like to see happen and what their dreams and visions are.”

He is still in the process of gathering information in order to put together plans for the future. He sees housing as a top issue facing the county.

“Housing is definitely an issue,” he said. “There’s a joint housing study being conducted between the county and some of the communities. I’m really interested in seeing what the housing stock analysis is and what its recommendations are. There’s a need for more housing and lots to be developed.” 

Collins explained that changes in the economic landscape have made housing and quality of life more important to people.

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