The Board of Directors for the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau wishes to announce the selection of Lydia Hess as the new Executive Director, due to the recent resignation of Sandi Arnold after her 5 years of service in the position.
Lydia was born and raised outside of St. Paris, Ohio and she has been with the chamber since May 2014. She understands the dynamics of our community, the strong bonds between families and neighbors, and the deeply instilled values that make Champaign County a great place to live, work and play. She has a deep commitment to our local communities. Lydia has held a variety of positions that have helped to develop her management style, organizational and project management skills. Over the years, Lydia has continued to build lasting relationships with community members, leaders and elected officials while building on the diversity of our community. The board has great confidence for Lydia continuing the positive business trends that have developed for Champaign County over the last 5 years, as a community let us continue this confidence.
Additionally, we would encourage the local community to visit the Chamber’s new website, it has been updated to promote our locally owned businesses and tourism. Lydia has been instrumental in partnering with locally owned Berry Digital Solutions, LLC to help develop the content for the New Champaign County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Website www.champaignohio.com. Berry Digital Solutions, LLC focuses on building websites, social media management and digital advertising for local businesses. They currently service about 50 local small businesses across Champaign, Logan and Union Counties. Some of Berry digital’s other local successes include website development for CEPOhio.com, GloriaTheatre.com, and MyWestLiberty.com just to name a few.
This year’s Chamber of Commerce Dinner scheduled for April 28. Our dinner this year will be a great time to congratulate Lydia, network, and view our new website created by Berry Digital. Owners of Berry Digital Solutions LLC, will be available to demo the website and provide education to local business on how they can better use the Chambers resource to grow their business.
Lastly, if you are not a member of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, we would encourage you to take a look and consider joining. There are many exciting things happening locally that can help us all to build a stronger community. Please stop by the Chamber and join us in congratulating Lydia in her new role.
By Jeff Kelley, WPKO/WBLL Radio (Bellefontaine, Ohio)
The Champaign Economic Partnership has now been through its first full year. Several proposed building projects are set to bring additional jobs to Champaign County.
Construction of a new 30,000 square foot Memorial Health Medical Building next to Wal-Mart on Urbana’s east side is on the horizon, and a proposed new Navistar Warehouse, with construction of an over 355,000 square foot facility at 915 Phoenix Drive just off State Route 55 near Damewood Enterprises.
The Memorial Health of Union County/Hplex project will be construction of an outpatient facility, an approximately $9 million investment, adding 12 new employees ($1.4M) while retaining the current 16 employees ($1.16M) with a total payroll of $2.56 million.
The Navistar/Damewood project will be new construction of a warehouse, around a $28 million investment, adding 13 new employees ($572,000), with 27 employees ($1.26M) being transferred here from Xenia, and retention of 114 employees ($4.95M) with a total payroll of nearly $6.8 million.
Marcia Bailey is the CEP’s Economic Development Director. She said the CEP is the sole economic development agency for Champaign County. They bring together private businesses and local government to strengthen the local economy and quality of life for Champaign County residents.
The Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP) recently provided local government officials a free workshop, Tools for Successful Economic Development, about the variety of tax incentives available in Ohio to promote business development.
Chris Schmenk, of counsel for Bricker and Eckler, LLP, and former director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, led the training at the Urbana office of Pioneer Electric Cooperative. City, village, township, county and school district officials attended.
The economic development tools covered provide temporary tax exemptions in return for investing in business creation or expansion and retaining or creating jobs.
CEP Director Marcia Bailey explained, “Tax incentives vary, but they typically exempt a portion of taxes on business improvements for a specific time, after which the business pays the full amount of the tax to support local government services and infrastructure. Tax incentives are designed to encourage business and job growth, which benefits Champaign County and local citizens.”
Schmenk covered the following economic development tools:
–Enterprise Zones (EZ), areas designated by municipalities and counties, in which businesses can be offered exemptions on real and personal property taxes for establishing, expanding, renovating or occupying a facility and creating or retaining jobs.
–Community Reinvestment Areas (CRA), also established by municipalities and counties, in which real estate tax abatements may be offered for revitalizing existing business or residential properties or developing new structures.
–Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, which can be established by municipalities, counties and townships. Property owners may make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) that go into a TIF fund that finances public and infrastructure improvements.
–Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD), special purpose districts created through a contract between a municipality and township to promote economic development and employment opportunities. JEDDs enable a district-wide income tax and provision of municipal services to unincorporated areas without annexation.
–Downtown Redevelopment Districts, a new economic development tool for municipalities to promote redevelopment of designated areas that must include at least one historic building. These may include property tax exemptions related to redevelopment.
The law firm of Wagner, Maurice & Davidson Co., LPA announces that Attorney Dana M. Zook has been made partner of the firm. Zook joined the firm as an associate in 2015.
Zook earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s of Science degree in molecular biology from Bowling Green State University. After the completion of the Master’s program at Bowling Green, Zook received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he was the Vice President of the Federalist Society and the Staff Editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. During his time in law school, Zook also worked in Intellectual Property with the Ohio State University Technology Communication Office. His work focused on patents for pharmaceutical, agricultural and biochemical Technologies. Zook served an internship with the Glimcher Realty Trust of Columbus, now known as W.P. Glimcher, working in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions.
Upon graduation from law school and admission to the Ohio State Bar, he was employed as a government contracts compliance attorney by Materion Brush Inc., a Toledo area defense contractor, and manufacturer of advanced aerospace components.
Zook is a licensed Title Insurance Agent and is President of the Advocate Title Agency, Inc., the firm’s title company. Zook is a member of the Champaign County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and is a Board member of the Champaign Economic Partnership.
Information provided by Wagner, Maurice & Davidson Co., L.P.A
In conjuction with Champaign, Clark, Logan, Madison and Union Counties, the Champaign Economic Partnership invites you to join us for a 5-county regional “Roll Out” Meeting for a 2017 Wage & Benefits Survey.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Sara Landess Room (Student Center)
579 College Way
Are you staying competitive for your workforce?
Would you like to know how you compare with other like businesses?
We are looking for community employers that want a better understanding of the project and to learn more about how to use the data collected and apply it to our current workforce.
Wendy C. Gradwohl, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Business, at Wittenberg University, will be heading up the survey and providing the data collected to the participating businesses by the 3rd quarter in 2017.
Please RSVP your attendance by January 16 to:
Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP)
3 Monument Square
Urbana, OH 43078
The Champaign Economic Partnership cordially invites you to its Economic Development Incentives Toolbox - Training Workshop. What type of tools are in the economic development toolbox for Our Community?
Friday, January 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Pioneer Electric Cooperative- Main Conference Room
767 Three Mile Rd, Urbana, OH 43078
Christiane W. Schmenk
Of Counsel, Bricker and Eckler, LLP
Chris Schmenk served under Governor Kasich as Director of the Development Services Agency from 2011-2013 and now practices Economic Development law with the firm of Bricker and Eckler, LLP. She works with political subdivisions, economic development entities and businesses throughout Ohio and enjoys helping communities reach their economic development goals. Chris has served as Mayor of Marysville from 2008-2011 and as Vice President of External Affairs or Scotts Miracle-Gro, thus offering experience in both the public and private sector.
Please plan to attend this training workshop to learn more about the various incentives used for economic development (TIF, CRA, EZ etc.) throughout the State of Ohio. Gain a better understanding of how these incentives are used, the process for each, how they assist in boosting the economic development of an area, and the structure for taxes. Also, how do these incentives affect the school systems in our county and is it worth the loss of a potential tax base?
Please RSVP your attendance no later than Thursday, January 12, 2017 to:
Tiffany Couts, Administrative Assistant, Champaign Economic Partnership at (937)653-7200
Join us for breakfast to learn about the exciting initiatives Graham Local Schools, in partnership with Clark State Community College, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce & CVB and the Champaign Economic Partnership, have created to provide you with a trained, skilled and ready workforce!
We value you as an industry partner, and we want to share with you the Career Gears and LEAN/Six Sigma training programs Superintendent Koennecke is implementing in Graham Local Schools. These programs are to ensure you have the skilled workforce needed to grow your business and our region, as well as, ensuring students are ready for successful careers. We want your opinion in making sure we are on the right track to make all of those things happen!
January 11, 2017 | 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., program will begin at 7:45 a.m.
2200 S. US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH 43078
Clark State Community College
FREE to attend | Registration is limited so register today!