Welcome Dr. Ruud to the Port Authority Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Dr. William N. Ruud the President of Marietta College was officially appointed to the board of directors of the Port Authority. Dr. Ruud brings a wealth of experience serving on administrative boards as well as an extensive business acumen. As the Port seeks to define a future where it […]

Learning from Belmont County in the PTT/Daelim effort

Belmont County pledges $60.5 million to water and sewer infrastructure ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The federal government announced Friday a $60.5 million investment to modernize and improve Belmont County’s water system. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the investment represents the single-largest monetary obligation in Ohio Rural Development History. County, state and federal officials made […]

Economic Development: The Infinite Game

On Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Global Leadership Summit in Parkersburg. GLS brings a multitude of leadership gurus, communicators, and business leaders into communities via webcast, and empowers them to make their organizations better. Among the many lectures I heard the presentation by Simon Sinek was one that was especially helpful. Sinek […]

What are Land Banks and why do we care?

Land banks are governmental entities or nonprofit corporations that are focused on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties into productive use. Vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties are often grouped together as “problem properties” because they destabilize neighborhoods, create fire and safety hazards, drive down property values, and drain local tax dollars. In […]

Opting Out to Fail

When I worked for Wake County, one of my duties was to staff, notate, and organize County Commissioner Sub-Committee meetings. One of the more active committees was one we called the GLUE committee. The Growth Land Use and Environmental subcommittee was one where the issues pressed before them by citizens were of varying urgency and […]