We opened a shop in Belpre………here’s why

When I first arrived back in the valley after a few years away, I was quickly whisked into a committee of concerned and eager citizens from the Belpre Chamber. The Economic Development Committee as they were so called, were the front lines of promoting and attracting business in the community. It wasn’t long after that […]

Critical Path to Site Development Pt. 4: Ease of Acquisition and Incentives

Much is made in the econ dev world of the importance of incentives. In higher, more competitive circles, the discussion usually centers around what incentive, rebate, program the end user got to finalize the deal. The fallout from the Amazon HQ2 process proved as much when immediately following the announcement, the articles about what the […]

Critical Path to Site Development Pt. 3: Site Readiness and Due Diligence

Environmental study Geotechnical study Archeological study Wetlands delineation Endangered species study These five studies are the baseline for any site development program. What may not be pre-requisites for the average land developer, these items are essential in the development process for governmental agencies, outside agencies, site selection consultants and basically anyone else who is interested […]

Brookings Report: Strategies for Left Behind Places

Countering the geography of discontent: Strategies for left-behind places Interesting read on what some scholars at the Brookings Institute believe will assist the “left behind places”. For the record, we are one of those left behind places. Smaller cities below 50,000 persons who have not seen the growth of its metropolitan neighbors. To speed conversation, […]

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 […]

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 […]