JOINT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE (JEDZ)
In November of 2013, residents of Spencer Township voted for the implementation of JEDZ. Income tax dollars collected (through the Village of Whitehouse) from the businesses that occupy the Westwinds Industrial park would be distributed to Spencer and The Village of Whitehouse. January of 2014 started the partnership between Spencer Township and The Village of Whitehouse with the first disbursement of funds in April of 2014. The purpose of JEDZ is to facilitate planned, orderly, new or expanded commercial and industrial growth within the Westwinds Industrial Park. Creating, retaining and enhancing employment opportunities for the benefit of Spencer Township and The Village of Whitehouse and their residents. Members of the JEDZ board are appointed by the elected officials of both Spencer Township and The Village of Whitehouse each appointing three members for two year terms. The board’s primary goal is promote economic growth within Westwinds. The JEDZ board has created a reinvestment grant with the goal of attracting new small and medium businesses and retaining current businesses in Westwinds. The Job Creation Mini-Grant is only available to those who have an address located within Westwinds. The details of the grant can be found by clicking here.
LaTonya J. Boyd — Chairperson
LaTonya is a life-long resident of Spencer Township where she and her husband raise their three sons. She serves as the Principal for Boyd & Associates Consulting, LLC where she provides strategic oversight and leadership as the lead administrator and executor. LaTonya’s seven (7) year background in resource management coupled with her 10 years of military service, speaks to her leadership and management experience as well as her dependability, integrity and service before self. She is currently an independent contracted anesthesia provider for multiple Toledo area hospitals and out patient surgical centers where she manages patient care and necessary ancillary staff. She serves in a mentoring role for the Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce as a member and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist. In her spare time, LaTonya enjoys reading, horseback riding and learning.
Mike Walters — Vice-Chair
President/CEO of Centaur Associates, Inc.
Michael (Mike) J. Walters is fully integrated in the business of specialized logistics. Since it’s inception in 1995, Mike has accomplished building a premier deposit pick-up courier service for Financial Institutions. Currently, Centaur provides services for over 60 Financial Institutions in 16 states. With his entrepreneur spirit, Mike has expanded his business management to include WS Kitchen and Bath Design along with a construction/property management enterprise. He is currently on the Whitehouse BZA, and has been on the Spencer Township/Whitehouse JEDZ since its inception.
Prior to establishing Centaur, Mike was an entrepreneur in the restaurant business and worked as Sales Manager for local, regional and national companies. When he has free time, Mike enjoys family, friends and some exercise to clear his mind.
James Morgan — Secretary/Treasurer
James is a military retiree and has been preparing taxes and small business accounting for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Toledo with an Associate Degree in Business Management Technology in 1986. James is a lifelong resident of Spencer Township and served on the committee that started the Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ) in 2013. James resides at 621 N. Eber Road with his wife Veronica of over forty years.
Steven Kester — Member
Hello, I am Steve Kester, My family and I moved into Spencer Township in 2014. I have been married to my wife, Jessica, since 2009. We have 3 children, 8-year-old twin boys and a 1-year-old daughter. I have owned and operated a successful lawn and landscaping business, Kester Mowing LLC, since 2003. My children are also trying to be entrepreneurs and they have started with selling chicken eggs and firewood out in front of our home. I enjoy racing a dirt late model on the weekends, I also enjoy watching my boys play travel hockey, and family time fishing and swimming in our pond. My family and I enjoy living in Spencer township.
Robert Keogh — Member
Resident of Whitehouse for 41 years. I have been a Councilman for 5 years. Prior to being appointed to my council position, I was a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for 20 years. I own Blue Creek Financial Service in Whitehouse and I am a member of the board for The Chamber Partnership ( Anthony Wayne, Holland Springfield and Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chambers)
Leroy Ryerson — Member
Leroy has been a resident of the village of Whitehouse for 88 years , served in the US Navy for 4 years ,9 years on the Village Council and various committees and Boards over the years . 64 years in the American Legion Post 384 .
Meetings are held every first Thursday of the month
at 6:00 p.m. in the Township Hall.
*Notice: JEDZ July meeting has been canceled.
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