Development Potential Hindered by Sewer Fears

There’s no simple way to put it other than to just say it, the City of Marietta and surrounding community’s ability to help existing companies expand and to attract new business is extremely limited. Through a combination of difficult topography, floodplain issues, and general lack in infrastructure, my job as the economic development director for […]

So the number of Renters goes up as local populations drop……….so what?

Marietta Renters increase, as population drops “The trend is subject to many interpretations.” I desperately want our community to wrestle with these interpretations. There are some good and some very very bad interpretations to be made. A dialogue should be had on this issue, and yet I don’t know that there is will to do […]

More Opportunity Zone Information

I posted about this at length about 6 months ago, but recently the state has gotten more information about how to implement and monetize them. As a reminder, here is the Opportunity Zone in Washington County………………………Lots of vacant buildings around here to buy, renovate, and resell.

New school constructs are the appetizer portion

It’s exciting to attend a ground breaking of a new school, apparently around here it is also quite rare. A conversation with a few in attendance gave rise to the question, “When was the last groundbreaking for a new school construction in Washington County?” We aren’t talking renovation, or new addition on existing, but a […]

Census Figures Report Reaction

Census Figures Show Continued Slide in Population Today’s edition of the Times had a good article from Michael Kelly that speaks to relative decline in the region and the county specifically. Consider some of the data presented. Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Washington County’s gradual population loss continued in 2018. […]

Gutted and Greenspaced

I am coining this term……… Let me explain what it means. We have portions of our town that need demolished greenspace needs to replace it. Consider this graphic This is Hickory, NC. See that train track in the bottom right? Why is this space green? Well when trains ran through that city and moved freight, […]

**Williamstown Bridge Purchase Update**

April Fools 🙂 We are not buying the Williamstown Bridge, renaming it, and charging toll to West Virginians alone. We will leave that distinction to the Memorial Bridge. But seriously, there is a quote in the article I wrote that I want to expound upon  “For years we have been told that citizens of our […]

APEG Prosperity Plan offers rare opportunity for region to work in concert

Over the last few weeks our regional partner organization, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) has undertaken the task of drafting a plan for growth. Throughout the state, there are five regional economic development organizations who assist our individual cities and counties with their business assistance plans. In Ohio we have RGP, which represents […]

The wave of Priority Based Budgeting is coming

As a former local gov. staffer in NC and a degree holder in public administration, I can hardly contain my excitement at the prospect of priority based budgeting taking root here in Ohio. That may sound like peak nerdery, but let me explain why. Ever wonder where and why your county or city spent money […]

When the results of the survey don’t “feel” right?

I read an article in the paper this week where one of our local elected leaders indicated there was some discrepancy between the results of a recent survey and the response they had personally experienced. What the councilor was expressing is a concern for survey error………but also their own bias in which responses are most […]