Located in the Heart of the Midwest!

Paulding County is located in the heart of major consumer, agricultural, and industrial markets. Fifty percent of the nation’s buying force lies within 500 miles. The county is linked to these markets by state and federal highways, with an interstate and turnpike nearby, and two metropolitan airports only minutes away.

Board Members

2022 PCED Board of Directors

Front Row L to R: Mike Kauser, Don Oberlin, Greg White, Sarah Noggle Back Row L to R: Larry Manz, George Carter, Jeff Mumma, Brett Wagner, Karl (Bud) Koenig, Jim States. Not Pictured: Ryan Whitaker

Larry Manz
Business & Industry

Jim States
Vice President
Oakwood Development Co.

Jeff Mumma
Financial Institution

Sarah Noggle
OSU Extension

Mike Kauser
Board Member
Paulding Co. Township Association

George Carter
Board Member
Paulding CIC

Karl (Bud) Koenig
Board Member
Paulding Co. Planning Commission

Greg White
Board Member
Paulding Co. Mayor Group

Don Oberlin
Board Member
Antwerp CIC

Ryan Whitaker
Board Member
At Large Member

Brett Wagner
Board Member
At Large Member

Staff Members

Tim Copsey

Kristen Schilt
Office Manager


Paulding Economic Development Council (PEDCO) was established in December 1984 as a resource to develop new opportunities in Paulding County. PEDCO was formally an arm of the Paulding Village Community Improvement Corporation and the Antwerp Community Improvement Corporation. The Council hired its first director on February 1, 1985. The council filed for and was granted 501 C 3 status on June 18, 2003, as Paulding County Economic Development, Inc. commonly referred to as PCED. Today the mission of PCED is to assist business, industry and local government in developing job opportunities in Paulding County. PCED also works on an ongoing basis to provide programs for new business development, financial incentives, business marketing assistance, and networking opportunities.