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      Marcel Wagner Jr. named as new GREDF president

      The economic development group has hired Marcel Wagner, Junior as its new president.

      It's the first time in more than a quarter-century that the Great River Economic Development Foundation held a news conference like this.

      It was for the introduction of the new president of the economic development group based in Quincy.

      GREDF board chairman Tim Finlay said the organization had some big shoes to fill when Jim Mentesti announced last year that he was retiring as the GREDF president. Now the economic development group has hired Marcel Wagner, Junior as its new president.

      "An eleven-member committee, consisting of myself, community leaders and GREDF board members, many of whom are here today, recommended Marcel after a six-month-long, nationwide search," Finlay said.

      Wagner comes to Quincy after serving as executive of the Allen County Development Group in Lima, Ohio.

      Lima is similar in size to Quincy and is a central hub of commerce in northwestern Ohio. So for Wagner, moving to Quincy is right in line with his work in Ohio.

      "I'm a regionalist by nature, I think we will survive as a region and do well as a region. The Tri-State partnership has been well established here. I think it's something I'm excited about becoming a part of," Wagner said.

      Wagner is a certified economic developer and former chairman of the International Economic Development Council.

      Phil Conover, who took over as GREDF president on an interim basis after Jim Mentesti retired will stay on at GREDF for the rest of the month to help in the transition.