Director of Economic Development
Under the direction of the Mayor, Jim Gray, serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Wadsworth. His office is charged with promoting business and economic development interests within the community.
Mr. Gray’s office serves as the city’s liaison with various community and economic development organizations and works closely with the Mayor, City Council, a variety of public and private organizations, boards, and commissions in developing and implementing economic development programs. These programs are designed to assist companies to establish, relocate, or expand their business in Wadsworth for the retention and attraction of new jobs and capital investment.
The economic development office also coordinates marketing and communications plans for the city and leads the city’s Key Accounts Program to focus on business retention and expansion.
Mr. Gray also serves as a city representative at civic, community, or outside agency events and functions and makes presentations to civic and other organizations.
Ayten Anderson joined the City of Wadsworth team in September 2018 as Marketing Coordinator. She has a strong background in place branding, digital media marketing, and public relations.
As an economic development team member, she's focused on showcasing the City's assets and resources by utilizing digital and traditional marketing platforms. Her responsibilities include designing and launching public relations and promotional campaigns, creating effective social media strategies, and managing the Business Relations Management database.
Ayten’s expertise in digital marketing has garnered national recognition and awards for the City of Wadsworth. Her contributions resulted in the City of Wadsworth receiving the 2019 National America in Bloom Best Use of Social Media, and Public Power Promotion Awards in 2019 and 2020.
She serves on the board of directors of Main Street Wadsworth as vice president and chairs the economic vitality committee.