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RTC Industries looks to become self-sustaining (Audio included)

During a meeting Thursday, the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities discussed how RTC Industries/Employment Services is developing a strategic plan.

Russ Foust, Board President of RTC Industries, was a guest speaker at the board meeting and discussed the development of their strategic plan.

The mission of RTC will remain unchanged: Helping individuals with disabilities to be active, productive citizens by providing opportunities for them to be involved in their community and to pursue their dreams remains the non-profit’s driving motivation.

At several points in the discussion it was reiterated that everybody at RTC recognizes that this is their goal for their associates. The strategic plan is twofold. The plan calls RTC to expand the services of the non-profit within Logan County and beyond. The organization will not take on future services if it affects the quality of the services currently being provided to the agency's employees and customers. Also the new services must show prospects of reasonable return of programmatic and administrative cost necessary to their delivery. The second part of the plan calls RTC Industries and Employment Services to invest sufficient board and staff time before the end of 2013 to explore the steps necessary and the projected consequences of achieving self-sufficient status.”

It is recommended that RTC study and develop a business model to make the agency more self-sufficient. The change is needed because of things happening on the federal, state, and local level that could jeopardize the business of sheltered-employment, with the movement to community employment. 

The board of DD's annual flower sale has concluded. The organization sold an additional 81 baskets of flowers from last year. Overall this year, the board of DD sold around 870 pots for a profit between $5,000 and $6,000. The raised money will go into the auxiliary fund and help serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

Superintendent Saul Bauer speaks about RTC's strategic plan and the annual flower sale.

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