The Executive Director of the Platte County Economic Development serves as the main contact person for development and expansion opportunities in Platte County.
Merlin Hitt grew up on a dairy farm on the North edge of Wheatland. He is a fourth generation resident of Platte County. After high school, Merlin attended EWC in Torrington, WY and Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. While in Minnesota he helped develop community theatres, as well as worked as a free-lance Director and Set Designer in several theatres in the Twin Cities area. Merlin returned to Platte County in 1980, and farmed and ranched for 17 years. He also has served as Drama Coach for Wheatland High School for nearly 20 years. Merlin and his wife Robin have three children and eight grandchildren. Upon retirement from Platte County Road and Bridge, Merlin found a new challenge and yet another career in serving as Executive Director of PCED.