Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Applications Now Being Accepted for Alumni Leadership Classes

I have some exciting news to share with you.  We finally have a program for the Alumni of the Community Leadership Program!

The Chamber is pleased to be working with Jill Campen with the Campen Group (and an alumni of the Leadership Class) to bring you a series of four different classes over the next year.  They include:

* Situational Leadership II Concepts (September 5, 2014)
* Communication Styles and Leadership Effectiveness (November 7, 2014)
* Giving Feedback (February 6, 2015)
* Handling Conflict (April 17, 2015)

The classes are from 8:00 - 12:00 and will be held at different locations in Newark.  Tuition for this program is $450.00.  Participants must attend all four classes.  All class materials are included in the fee.  Class size is limited to 25 participants. 

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.  You must be an alumni of the Leadership Program to participate in these sessions.

To obtain an application and detailed information about this new, exciting program, contact Cheri Hottinger at 740-345-9757 x5 or chottinger@lickingcountychamber.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Licking County Chamber Brings Home the 2014 Leadership In Grassroots Advocacy Award

 Pictured here: State Representative Jay Hottinger, Cheri Hottinger, Caroline Fraker, Jim Mitchell and Mike Massaro.
Ohio Chamber President & CEO Andrew E. Doehrel presents Chamber Action Alliance’s 2014 Leadership Grassroots Advocacy Award to Licking County Chamber President Cheri Hottinger.

On April 8, 2014 the Licking County Chamber was given the 2014 Leadership In Grassroots Advocacy Award by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  Below is a press release from the Ohio Chamber about the presentation:

Licking County Chamber of Commerce recognized by Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Action Alliance
Licking Chamber wins 2014 Leadership in Grassroots Advocacy Award

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Chamber’s Chamber Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Licking County Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Leadership Grassroots Advocacy Award for its commitment to legislative advocacy and leadership in grassroots efforts at the state and local level.

The CAA is the state-wide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio Chamber. The CAA determines state-wide policy issues facing the business community, educates and empowers pro-businesses advocates to take action, and champions a business-friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that exemplifies the purpose of the CAA and awards the Leadership in Grassroots Advocacy Award to recognize its hard work and service to the local and statewide communities.

“The Licking County Chamber under the leadership of President/CEO Cheri Hottinger plays a pivotal role in business community in Licking County,” said Katie Brown, Grassroots Communications Manager for the Ohio Chamber. “The chamber has passionately advocated throughout the year on business issues at state and local levels, hosted events to education its members and the public, regularly engaged with state and local officials, and took an active role in its community. The chamber is a true asset to its community and the CAA is lucky to have it as an active member.”

Senator Tim Schaffer and Representative Jay Hottinger presented the chamber with commendations to honor the Licking County Chamber for winning the Leadership in Grassroots Advocacy Award.

Founded in 1893, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is Ohio’s largest statewide business advocacy group. The Ohio Chamber works to promote and protect the interests of its members – large and small – while building a more favorable business climate in Ohio. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why JEDZs Are Unfair to Business

This is a guest column by Dan Navin with the Ohio Chamber:

Local Government Development Agreements: Are They Always About Development?

Ohio allows townships to negotiate agreements with other townships or municipalities to facilitate economic development in the township through a joint economic development district (JEDD) or joint economic development zone (JEDZ). But, the character of the township territory in the JEDD/ JEDZ fundamentally changes because the businesses, including employees, become subject to a municipal income tax on their business profits and wages as a part of the JEDD/JEDZ.
While there are some concerns about JEDDs, the real issue is JEDZs. There is a fair process in creating JEDDs where affected businesses have an opportunity to voice objections to having a local income tax imposed upon them. However, no process exists for the creation of JEDZs; a township can agree with municipalities to create a JEDZ without input from affected businesses.

We’ve seen a recent trend where townships and municipalities band together to create a JEDZ at least partially to raise revenue for local government coffers rather than to spur economic development. In Pickaway, Delaware, Licking, and Hamilton counties there were attempts to form JEDZs by “drawing in” major employers even though they objected to paying a local income tax and the required economic development purpose of the JEDZ was unapparent. And, the answer is not a vote on the proposed JEDZ, as some have suggested. It wouldn’t be difficult to gain voter approval for revenue from a new income tax levied elsewhere and paid by parties other than the voters. It’s a great deal for the township and the municipality that “administers” the new JEDZ tax for a fee, but clearly not for the affected businesses and employees.

What was cooperative economic development that benefited local governments and businesses is now perceived as a tool that has been abused by some local governments and thus needs to be reined in. Fortunately, House Bill 289, which passed the House and is currently pending in the Senate, addresses this abuse. It balances the concerns of businesses about becoming subject to municipal income taxes they object to and local communities seeking legitimate economic development.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Licking County has 3 of The 10 Most Affordable Places in Ohio List

On the Motovo Real Estate Blog, a listing of the Most Affordable Places in Ohio has three cities in Licking County listed as part of their top 10:  Heath, Pataskala and Newark.  Here is the full list:

1. City of Pickerington
2. City of Heath
3. City of Pataskala
4. City of Powell
5. City of Lancaster
6. City of Streetsboro
7. City of Newark
8. City of Delaware
8. City of Whitehall
10. City of New Franklin

You can read all about the process and criteria they used here.

Congrats to Heath, Pataskala and Newark!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Chamber Issues Endorsements


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the endorsement of two bonds appearing on the May 6th ballot that it believes will serve to promote education and growth in the Licking County Community.

A 6.1 Mill Bond for Southwest Licking Local Schools will appear on the ballot May 6th, for the purpose of raising $66,526,366 to fund much needed improvements for the district. With the passing of the proposed bond, Southwest Licking Local Schools will be able to renovate four existing facilities and construct a new Watkins Memorial High school and elementary school. Funds will also be allocated for smaller projects that will increase energy efficiency and decrease maintenance costs. The project will be directed by a master plan created with the Ohio Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. In addition, the OCFAP will match $42,462,230 in funding to complete the project. Southwest Licking students have been experiencing overcrowding since at least 2007 as a result of state standards and newer educational methods. Gradually increasing enrollment rates are compounding the problem making the need for expansion and renovation imperative.

The Chamber also gladly endorses State Issue 1 to renew the State Capital Improvements Program that has been building and improving infrastructure, and creating jobs in Ohio for 27 years. Voting yes on May 6th will allow Ohio to continue to thrive as a great place to live and operate businesses. To date, the State Capital Improvements Program has completed over 11,500 projects and created 64,000 jobs. This great program has accomplished all of this progress without ever raising citizens’ taxes. Since its inception in 1987, 75.1 million dollars in improvement funds have been spent on roads, bridges, sewers, and water projects across the Licking County Community.

For more information on the Southwest Licking Local Schools Bond or State Issue 1 contact the Licking County Chamber of Commerce at 740-345-9757 or visit www.lickingcountychamber.com


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vote Yes on State Issue 1

The Chamber Board of Directors recently endorsed State Issue 1, which will appear on the May 6th ballot.  

State Issue 1 is the renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program. On top of boosting Ohio’s economic competitiveness, not increasing taxes, and creating jobs, the program has a long history of bipartisanship and helping to tackle important infrastructure projects for all of Ohio’s 88 communities.  It was originally established in 1987 and had been renewed in 1995 and 2005.

How has it helped Licking County? Your business? Take a look at the Ohio Chamber's interactive map and see a complete list of projects by county since 1987 here.

Chances are, a bridge and road program has made your employees’ commutes safer, easier to transport your products, and faster to receive your materials. Not to mention, if you don’t notice your sewer, solid waste, and water systems, that’s good news and courtesy of the State Capital Improvement Program.

We hope that you will support State Issue 1 and vote Yes! on May 6th

Monday, March 17, 2014

Congratulations to Homestead Beer Co.

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled that Homestead Beer Co. has been selected as a finalist!  Way to go!  The news release from the Ohio Chamber is below:

Ohio Chamber Announces Finalists for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award

The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Columbus. The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception, which begins at 3:30 p.m. As in years past, the award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and the local chamber that nominated the winner will receive $1,000.

This award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state. The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state.

“In honor of our state’s history of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce created this award to recognize those who continue to take considerable initiative and risk in creating new products and services,” explained President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Andrew E. Doehrel. “As the state’s oldest and most diverse business group, we continue to support the endeavors of Ohio business people through this award as well as our continued business advocacy. This year’s nominees are all excellent examples of the innovative spirit that resides in Ohio’s historic past.”

Local chambers of commerce submitted nominations earlier this year. From those nominees, 10 were selected to compete for the award. An award committee, made up of members from the Ohio Chamber’s board of directors, will review the detailed applications and select the winner who will be announced on April 8. The local chamber that nominated this year’s winner will receive $1,000 in recognition of their work for nominating an award-winning company.

The finalists for this year’s Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and the local chambers that nominated them are:

• A & P Technology of Cincinnati, nominated by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce
• Birdeye of Wooster, nominated by the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce
• Capture Education Consulting Services of New Albany, nominated by the New Albany Chamber of Commerce
• Homestead Beer Company of Heath, nominated by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce
• IC3D LLC of Dublin, nominated by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce
• LifeCare Alliance of Columbus, nominated by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
• McWane Poles of Coshocton, nominated by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce
• Pleasant Precision, Inc. of Kenton, nominated by the Harding County Chamber & Business Alliance
• Slate Rock Safety LLC of Medina, nominated by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce
• The Toasted Oat of Columbus, nominated by the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce
For more information on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception, visit the Ohio Chamber’s Web site at www.ohiochamber.com.