But-for TIF’s and the City of Marietta Comprehensive Plan

“Reduce or eliminate tax incentives for retail and commercial store development” This was a ringing theme in the 2003 Marietta City Comprehensive plan. Something happened in the process of securing Lowes Home Improvement on the Pike. The statement “unnecessarily sacrificed tax revenues” was used to describe the use of a TIF to assist development. This […]

Thank You!

We had a great night last evening, we hope all of you who attended did so as well. Lots of positives were discussed and possible avenues forward were suggested. We are grateful so many took interest in the content and we are eager to serve our communities best interests and doing so with a common […]

How do we create new sites for development…………..Critical Path Examination

In recent weeks much has been said about the dearth in shovel ready sites in our region. Last evening my partner across the river Lindsey Kerr-Piersol continued to bang the drum about the need for sites that can be quickly obtained and developed for future business. “We lost or passed on to other counties several […]

Budget Season=Transparency Time

We at the port are a quasi-governmental agency. We are funded via direct contributions from interested parties in the community and via a contribution from the Board of County Commissioners. This set up is not unlike what is in existence in most of the U.S. Economic development agencies have a variety of funding streams, most […]

Why scaling up the City of Marietta and Parkersburg is so important

Last week CityLab ran an article titled, The Comeback of the Mid-Sized American City It was a great analysis of how the three major cities in the U.S. are shedding citizens at an alarming rate and cities that are mid-size (100,000 to 250,000) were netting those migrants. The article also spoke to the “Rise of […]

Port Authority Embracing Changing Times, Moves back Downtown

For the past 3 months, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority has lived and breathed change for the better. Last month we rolled out a new and improved website, one with a community focused property showcase page and site selection tool, better calendar and social media ties, refreshed photography, and information for startup, expanding, and relocating […]

What do we mean when we say “Quality of Life Markers”?

We talk quite a bit about trying to improve the quality of life for citizens in our community. Just as the term “economic development” elicits a myriad of opinions and theories, the term “quality of life” is equally distributed. For the sake of discussion, I wanted to give readers an idea of what the Port […]

Questions I hear repeatedly…….Why don’t we have a Target or a Trader Joe’s?

In case you ever asked yourself that same question, I am going to help you understand why we don’t have a Target or Whole Foods Presence in our region…….Yet. Companies are looking to make money, they know their clientele, and they know what metrics to look for when building new locations. Recently I came across […]

Out of Region Commuters………………what does that even mean?

Do you know someone who lives the the MOV yet commutes over an hour a day to work? I do. Those that I know work predominately in the oil and gas sector and often drive to Pittsburgh, Zanesville, Cleveland to do so. A recent study by APEG JobsOhio illustrated that in our county roughly 9-14% […]