Wilmington News Journal Candidates Night: On Tues. April 26th, the Wilmington News Journal will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates Night” ahead of the upcoming County Primary Elections on May 3rd. The Chamber is partnering on the event, and I will be co-moderating the discussion with WNewsJ editor Dan Liggett.
- The event will be taking place on April 26th from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Loft. We encourage all Chamber members to attend.
Ohio Chamber Launches “Campaign for Jobs”: Earlier this week, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Ohio’s Future launched the “Campaign for Jobs.” a grassroots effort aimed as passing major reforms contained in the Jobs Budget currently before the Ohio General Assembly. The campaign focuses on reforms in seven focus areas: Education Reform, Local Government Reform, A 21st Century Budget, Prison Reform, Medicaid Reform, JobsOhio, & Shared Services.
If you’re interested in learning more about the “Campaign for Jobs,” please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will be happy to connect you with a representative from the Ohio Chamber. They are seeking input and involvement from chamber members across the state.
Greater Ohio Ohio Budget Response: The Greater Ohio Policy Center has added it’s own response to the growing discourse about reform in Ohio. Greater Ohio promotes regional public policy focused on growing Ohio’s economy and improving Ohioans’ quality of life through sustainable land use and growth. Greater Ohio has applauded Gov. Kasich on his bold steps to challenge local governments to modernize, but advocates for a stronger, more defined set of tools to help local governments restructure. Their response recommends that the following tools be incorporated into the current budget bill and subsequent legislation:
- Create a Governance Reform Commission to oversee the modernization of Ohio’s local governments by providing innovative leadership on governance reform, collecting data on local governments to help set efficiency standards, and offering technical assistance for local governments that are merging or initiating other new governance structures
- Create a framework for pooling resources regionally to pave the way for robust regional economic development by creating a regional revolving loan fund for needed infrastructure funding and economic development projects.
- Make permissive mergers, consolidation, shared services, and alternative governance structures and eliminate any legal and constitutional barriers. This could provide for a merger of city and county jurisdictions that results in consolidated service districts and governance, increased value for the taxpayer and a better business climate.
- Develop a protocol for collecting data on local governments’ costs and level of services, like the Cupp report for education, so that the Governance Reform Commission can create efficiency standards, evaluate the performance of local governments, and develop other indicators of performance.
International Delegation to Visit Wilmington: Tomorrow, State Reps. Cliff Rosenberger and Jim Butler (Oakwood) will be hosting representatives from six south and central Asian countries as part of the state’s Legislative Fellows Program. Rep. Rosenberger has asked me to extend an invitation to any Chamber members who would like to attend either the 9am – 10am Coffee at the Loft or the 12:00 pm – 1:30pm lunch and discussion on business & economic development at the General Denver. If you would like to attend either of these events, please let me ASAP.
April 21 Wilmington City Council Meeting: Wilmington City Council will be meeting tomorrow at 7:30pm in Council Chambers. Among other business, Chris Schock will be presenting the annual report for the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission.
Community Attitudes Survey: If you haven’t already, we strongly encourage you to complete the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission Community Attitudes Survey. You feedback on issues related to the challenges, opportunities, and quality of life are invaluable.