Business Retention and Expansion Visits for 2020

Business Retention & Expansion Meeting (BRE) Purpose and Agenda 2020 Last year we conducted 20+ in-person Business visits. These visits are what ultimately informs most of our data about local economic performance, high performing businesses, areas of potential growth, and market trends. Business Retention and Expansion visits are the lifeblood of economic development organizations and […]

Port Authority Announces New Board Member, Officers Slate for 2020

For Immediate Release: MARIETTA, OH- The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority announces the appointment of Dr. Anthony Huffman to its Board of Directors, as well as approval of its slate of officers for 2020. Joining the Board of Directors is Dr. Anthony Huffman, Director of Adult Technical Training at the Washington County Career Center. Dr. Huffman […]

The Next Step

Many of you now know something needs to be done, but what? If we are genuine in pursuit of business expansion we must begin planning and construction of a large scale industrial park.  Here is how I suggest we do that. Option 1: Private sector delivers the product. We give full opportunity to the private […]

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. […]

So the MCS levy failed, now what?

Voters have spoken, albeit a few of them….42% participation in qualifying precincts, not bad. Not awesome.Presidential elections get 60 to 68% participation rate on average. So what is plan B? Can the community agree the schools are aged and many are in need of significant repair? Can we also resign ourselves to the reality that […]

Rural Industrial Park Loan? The last for a long time?

I testified a few months back on behalf of our county seeking continued funding of the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program. It was the mechanism for our construction of the Ingenuity Center, and combined with the Rural Industrial Park Grant Program (which wasn’t renewed sadly) eased in development of the 7 North Commerce Park where […]

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 […]

Ideas for old school buildings?

One of the conversations that has emerged in post of new school construction in the Warren Local School district and possibly Marietta City Schools. There are all sorts of options for these properties, some are immediately achievable with minimal changes, others are large scale adaptive reuse projects. This post will focus on the latter. I […]

So you want to open a restaurant?

Saw this thread in a subreddit of my old hometown. The thread was asking what permits needed to be obtained in order to start a restaurant. (YES YOU NEED PERMITS FOR A RESTAURANT). It was too good not to share. The questions posed by the poster here are relevant, and it details what should be […]

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 […]