"What this project does is validate what we've been saying for a number of years here in Ohio and that is we can rebuild our economy by the use of energy, bioagricultural products and our research and development here in the state of Ohio," said Robert Boggs, Ohio Department of Agriculture director, noting the projects like this allow Ohio to "lead the way for the rest of the country."
"This is not the time to be unsure of ourselves. This is the time to be aggressive - to be optimistic - to be bodacious," said Boggs. "We will rebuild our future from the ashes of the old economy. We're building a new economy and this is one big step along the way."
"We have it all in Ohio," said Boggs. "It's just up to us to make it happen."
Mel Kurtz, quasar energy group president, spoke about the challenging economic climate the company faced as it launched the project.
"It's a challenging environment and it's gotten more challenging by the year," said Kurtz.
"We need hope," he said, noting that "hope comes in many forms," including government officials like the Wayne County Commissioners, "who made us important when we weren't important."
"Today is a success story. Today, it's easy to be on board but there were days when it wasn't so easy for the people who are here," said Kurtz. We appreciate you taking a chance."
"The things that are happening here reflect so well on what I think Ohio is all about," said U.S. Congressman John Boccieri, of the "collaboration of local communities working together with our state . . . and federal governments - all in sync, all in tune" to create energy independence for the country.
The BioHio Research park is not only the seed of what may be a major boom to the state's economy. It could also be a major factor in the growth of Wooster's local economy.
"This is an exciting time in our town," said Wooster Mayor Bob Breneman, noting that the BioHio Research Park "is something that will be world renown by the time it is up and going."
Breneman added that the project grew out of the realization that "we have a wealth of knowledge on the south side of our city in OARDC."
OARDC's connection to The Ohio State University "opens so many doors and (generates) so much excitement for what can happen here," said Breneman, stating that in many ways OARDC and the Wooster community in general represents a unique synergy between agriculture, industry education and research.