The chicken or the egg?

If you think economic growth is only derived from flat spots out of the floodplain with all utilities, you’re wrong. Well, not entirely wrong. Just partly wrong.  Economic development in the current era is much more than real estate and infrastructure. It’s now arguably as much about quality of life – and place – as […]

What does the Port Authority even do?

If I only had a dollar for every time I heard that in my first few months on the job, I’d probably have my third Jeremiah’s Big R of the week… All jokes aside, it’s an honest question. One that’s hard to answer, especially in an organization with a breadth of capabilities from a statutory […]

Satisfying the WIIFM Principle

Before we get into the actual substance of this month’s post – if you were kind enough to read last month’s blog – “Thank You!” And if not, there’s no time like the present to read my initial post as Director; one intended to establish early expectations for how the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority will […]

What’s the problem, whose responsibility, Can they address it?

I ask this because as a project manager of sorts I spend a bulk of my day addressing problems, both ones I inherited and some I created. We are patterned to seek the negative as a defense mechanism, we want to keep the bad away from us………so of course we see the bad most easily. […]

Asset lists and Use of Life

Seemingly every conversation I encounter anymore surrounds the high cost of maintenance of something or high cost of replacement of another. We are stuck in what feels like an endless repair and replace schedule that has hijacked our aspirations, mandating we focus on preservation. The last few weeks have been especially hard for the future […]

Marietta City Schools Levy Conversations

For those who have been following Marietta City Schools is proposing a $55 million dollar bond levy that would shift our education and workforce development landscape on its head. Read more about that here. The folks who are working on the Bond Levy messaging are having a series of conversations with the public and we […]

BB2C and Buckeye Hills Regional Council Love Start-ups

  They love them so much they are offering financial support for spots in the Makerspace. Buckeye Hills Regional Council awarded Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) funding to support 10 individuals and 5 small manufacturing or start-up businesses. Individual and business scholarship recipients would participate in a full year of Epicenter programs with a rolling […]

JobsOhio 2018 Annual Report and 2019 Plan

For those unaware, JobsOhio is the economic development arm of our great state. JobsOhio is the mechanism for grant allocation and business assistance via the state liquor taxes. APEG is our regional partner and includes 20+ counties that makeup Southeastern and Southern Ohio. Each year a report of the great successes of the organization is […]