On Friday, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance held its monthly Economic and Community Development Committee Breakfast with many Hardin County business, community and government leaders in attendance to meet with and hear from guest speakers.
The committee was excited to welcome to Hardin County, Dr. John C. Navin, the new Dean of Ohio Northern University's Dicke College of Business Administration. Dean Navin was recently appointed to his position and gave an update on his business and economic development background, and spoke to the committee about his plans to increase partnerships between the business school and the area business community.
The committee heard an educational update from Ridgemont Superintendent Emmy Beeson about the ability for community leaders to advocate to state legislative leaders for more local controls of education by reducing testing to the federal minimum requirements and giving back more control to the local boards of education.
In addition, Nate Green, Director of Economic Development for the Montrose Group, provided details about Ohio's new law, House Bill 233, that allows historical communities to create downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). The approved state legislation will allow historic communities to establish DRD's for the purposes of promoting the rehabilitation of historic buildings, creating jobs, encouraging economic development in commercial and mixed-use areas, and supporting grants and loans. Several communities in Hardin County would be able to take advantage of this new incentive by creating local municipal legislation to incentive redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
The next committee meeting will take place on Friday, October 28th and will be held host at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative's new corporate headquarters in Kenton. For more information, contact Alliance President & CEO, Jon Cross at 419-673-4131.