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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Downtown Economic Plan Committee Seeks Community Input

To take Downtown Marietta Survey, click here! Downtown Planning is happening within the City of Marietta! During the first week of February (1st and 2nd) the Enrich Marietta Team, a Downtown Planning Steering Committee, in cooperation with OHM advisors will be circulating a survey to persons who live/work/care about downtown Marietta. Along with that survey, […]

We need to start asking, “What evidence do you base that assumption off of?”

Evidence based decision making…….it’s critical. I can tell you that I am scared to death of making gut based decisions. You should be scared of your own gut as well. We are in an era of data driven decision making and there are two types of organizations, ones who use data and make themselves better […]