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Seat Pleasant Economic Development

Weyimi Ayu

Director of Economic Development

Weyimi Ayu is a seasoned professional who has worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.  Ayu previously worked as Executive Assistant to the President of Global Developmental Services for Youth, Inc., where he managed the activities and operations of an international youth organization in providing services in the local community as well as in expanding worldwide. Mr. Ayu is a graduate of Bowie State University, where he completed a degree in Government and Politics, as well as a Juris Doctorate at the Howard University School of Law and later on, went to work for the prestigious Sullivan & Cromwell Law Firm. Ayu has served as Economic Development Director at Seat Pleasant since 2016.

Department’s Responsibilities

The Economic Development Department is responsible for:

  • Providing services for business placement, retention, expansion, and recruitment
  • Providing programs dedicated to making the community and workforce better
  • Creating a marketing strategy for the City
  • Hosting and sponsoring a variety of workshops and seminars to help businesses grow
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1: Strategic Location

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2: Exceptional Quality of Life

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3: Business Incentives = Business Advantage

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4: Ready Workforce

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5: Development Opportunities

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6: Diverse Economy

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7: Recreational and Cultural Resources

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8: Public Safety, Fire/EMS, and Public Works Resources

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9: Affordability for Citizens

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10: Sophisticated Customer Base

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The Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund

Program Mission

The purpose of the ED-RLF is to assist with business financial needs that will create and retain employment opportunities in the City of Seat Pleasant; with major emphasis on employment for persons from low-to-moderate income households.

Application Information

  • Applications are accepted year-round
  • Applicants must be Seat Pleasant residents or business owners within the corporate limits of the city

Eligible Uses Include:

  • Land Acquisition (in conjunction with building purchase or construction)
  • Purchase and Installation of Machinery and Equipment
  • Working Capital (direct labor cost of inventory only)

Smart City Project

The City is constructing a newer, more modern City Hall facility, as well redeveloping the Public Works building that is technologically advanced. This project is completely funded through a development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The City Council designated Seat Pleasant as a “Smart City” with an “Innovation Village.” As a Smart City, Seat Pleasant will offer services that are better, faster and more personalized, making it a City for Me using information and communication technology with the Internet of Things. The Smarter City initiative for Seat Pleasant will employ cloud-based “internet of things” (IOT) and cognitive computing capabilities that collect Big Data and are affordable by Small Town USA, where 80% of Americans live. Remember, Data Drives Decisions! For example, the Smart City Initiative will provide free Wi-Fi Internet within the City, set up accelerators and business incubators for aspiring entrepreneurs, and focus on bringing innovative ideas across a broad spectrum of age groups. As a City focused on capturing as much “Big Data” as possible, the new City Hall will feature an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC). This Center will be able to capitalize on new insights, create system-wide efficiencies and collaborate in new ways with business and citizen participation. Economic prosperity through citizen involvement is an achievable goal, as the City takes a more hands-on and proactive approach to development. With the Smart City and Innovation Village model, Seat Pleasant will position itself to attract entities that will help to bolster its economic growth. It will leverage technology and inventive development to attract private sector investments; thereby creating an opportunity to invigorate the local economy.

Seat Pleasant’s Smart City Hall

Seat Pleasant’s Smart Public Works Facility

Business Spotlight

Local businesses are the backbone of Seat Pleasants economy. They create economic opportunity and jobs—putting money directly into the hands of Seat Pleasants residents. In order to grow our city, we must also grow our local businesses and the jobs they create. This Month’s Spotlight features:

MOBILE JOE’S

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