county summit http://tspr.org en Summit Will Be Key to County's Economic Vitality http://tspr.org/post/summit-will-be-key-countys-economic-vitality <p>The Hancock County Economic Development Committee will host a county economic summit March 29th.&nbsp; It hopes the summit will be the first step to reduce decades-long trends of job, business and population losses.<br /><br />Committee Chairman Jerry Bartell said the county was home to about 30,000 people at the beginning of the 20th century.&nbsp; He said the county population is down to about 19,000 people.<br /><br />He said,&nbsp; &ldquo;But another alarming figure that got my attention was the fact that we lost 20% of our sales tax-paying businesses since 2000.&rdquo;<br /> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:09:21 +0000 James Lenz 9539 at http://tspr.org Summit Will Be Key to County's Economic Vitality