The City of Vandalia will be a “Founding Investor” for the Fayette County CEO program. Board members from Fayette County CEO spoke to the Vandalia City Council at their meeting on Monday night, explaining the program. The program is designed to create entrepreneurial opportunities for high school seniors in a year long course that is designed to utilize partnership with area businesses and business leaders. The program involves businesses throughout the area, along with the students putting together their own business and the program then culminates with a Trade Show. The program has seen success in other area counties and Fayette County will have the program for the first time beginning with the first class in the fall of this year. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman recommended to the City Council they support the program as a Founding Investor, which is a commitment of $1,000 per year for 3 years. The City Council voted unanimously to support the recommendation. Later in the meeting, Mayor Gottman talked about the importance of working to bring our youth back to this community, and gave the CEO program as an example of something that introduces students to business opportunities in the community. Mayor Gottman said they would take the money out of the Economic Development fund.