Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Exciting New Event Coming to Licking County!

It is the new year, and many of us have set some heath goals for 2016 I bet.  Most people decide that they are going to improve their health in the new year.  Sometimes that is harder to do than you originally planned.

Here is a great way to help with that New Year's goal AND help others at the same time!  There is a new event coming to Licking County this year called HeartChase 2016.  It is taking place on April 30th with registration opening at 8:00 a.m.  This is an active game/competition of sorts that is fun and is a learning experience at the same time.  Get a team together and register today!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Join Our Team!

Job Description:  Membership & Affiliate Director, Licking County Chamber of Commerce

This is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at the Licking County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a high profile nonprofit organization that works with the county’s business community to build a strong local economy through economic development, political action and membership programs.  The membership & affiliate director position offers the opportunity to interface with businesses of all sizes and types in an exciting work environment. The position requires strong organizational, communication and presentation skills, personal initiative, and the ability to multitask. The successful candidate will work to build the Chamber’s membership base through direct sales, digital and mail campaigns as well as other creative approaches. This individual will coordinate regular programming for diverse affiliate groups that include Safety Council, HRMA and Manufacturers’ Council.  A synopsis of the responsibilities and qualifications are detailed below.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Introduce, present the value of and sell new Chamber membership packages to businesses and organizations in the Licking County region
  • Develop leads and maintain an active prospect database
  • Create, manage, and distribute member prospect packets, questionnaires and survey results, and related communications for new and existing member opportunities
·         Develop systems and schedules so that members are “touched” by the Chamber with regularity
·         Provide customer service support to new and existing membership
·         Act as a liaison to Chamber members, reviewing membership data and educating members about Chamber benefits, services, and involvement opportunities
·         Manage Affiliate meetings, programming, steering committees, reservations, reports, budget, minutes and billing
·         Adept at public speaking, and confident when addressing a variety of audiences
·         Create and maintain current member records and reservations, including, but not limited to Chamber Master Software.
·         Maintain an extensive knowledge of all Chamber programs, services, initiatives and activities
·         Actively support and participate in Chamber events and programs


·         Strong interpersonal skills to effectively build relationships with prospects, members, committees and community stakeholders
·         Experience and success in developing compelling written, oral and visual presentation materials
·         Ability to organize, plan and prioritize workload involving multiple projects
·         Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team
·         Results-oriented and willingness to be accountable for measurable goals
·         Ability to prospect/cold-call new businesses and to upgrade current members’ investment levels
·         Capable of maintaining sensitive/confidential information
·         Must be a team player that works well in fast-paced, changing environment
·         Proficient in Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Excel and Word
·         Experience with database management programming a plus
·         Candidate must have 3-5 years relevant experience in a non-profit or business setting

Total compensation package range is $34,000 - $38,000.  For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume to the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, attention Cheri Hottinger, 50 West Locust Street, Newark, Ohio  43055 or via email at chottinger@lickingcountychamber.com.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Get Informed! Join us for Candidate's Night

Please call us to RSVP at 740-345-9757 or send me an email at chottinger@lickingcountychamber.com

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Job Opening for Economic Development Director


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is in search of an accomplished and highly motivated professional to build, implement and advance the economic agenda developed by Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation.  The director shall also provide strategic vision and leadership and help to implement an economic development business plan, focusing on job creation throughout the entire county.  This will require efforts in company recruitment as well as retention and expansion of existing businesses.  The successful candidate shall have excellent communication skills and capabilities.  Marketing knowledge and experience is a plus.

At a minimum, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in economics, real estate finance, business or public administration.  Preference will be afforded to those with a Master’s degree in appropriate field and/or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) status.  Ideal candidates shall further possess acquired supervisory experience and bring a minimum of four years of professional experience in economic or business development.

Compensation range is $90,000 - $105,000.  For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, attention Cheri Hottinger, 50 West Locust Street, Newark, Ohio  43055

For more information about Licking County and this position, please visit www.growlickingcounty.org and www.lickingcountychamber.com.  Questions may be directed to Cheri Hottinger, President & CEO (740) 345-9757 ext. 5 or chottinger@lickingcountychamber.com  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Workforce Training Money Available

Workforce Training Money Available

Online Applications Will be Available Beginning September 28, 2015

More than 122,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round four is right around the corner.

“As Technology evolves, so does the training needed to keep employees current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  “It’s important that employees across the state have the tools they need to succeed.”

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development.  Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, at provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Businesses can begin the online process on September 28, 2015 and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application.  The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2015.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov,  Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jail of Terror Opens October 2

Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror Opens on October 2
First-ever Haunted House at the Licking County Historic Jail Showcases the Building’s History and Mystery

NEWARK, OHIO, September 9, 2015 – Already shrouded in mystery from its 126-year history, this October brings even more thrills and scares to the Licking County Historic Jail during Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror, the first haunted house held at the historic building.

Operating October 2 – 31 on Fridays and Saturdays (7:30 p.m. to midnight) and Sundays (6 to 10 p.m.), Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror will provide frights and fun for the entire family with some of the haunted house industry’s top scares. General admission tickets are $15 with fast pass tickets available for $25.

Built in 1889, the Licking County Historic Jail housed hundreds of inmates throughout the years, including those found guilty of gruesome and heinous murders. A particularly dark time in the jail’s history involved Carl Etherington, a Dry-Agent Detective held for protection from a mob of people who were angry over his actions to make the county alcohol free. The crowd ambushed the jail, dragged Etherington out to the street, beat him to death, and then lynched him from a telegraph pole.

Long closed as a jail, the building has been the subject of many paranormal investigations and was featured on The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. These examinations confirmed the jail to be a truly haunted location with the spirits of the building’s inmates still confined within the walls, including the ghost of Carl Etherington.

Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror brings visitors face to face with the sometimes brutal history of the Licking County Historic Jail, one terror at a time. The event also provides attendees the opportunity to preserve the jail’s history, with proceeds supporting the restoration for this significant and historic building.

For more information about Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror, visit http://wwww.jailofterror.com or call 740-345-JAIL.  

About Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror
The first-ever haunted house at the Licking County Historic Jail, Nightmare in Newark at the Jail of Terror will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 2 –31, 2015. As a building already surrounded by mystery and reports of paranormal activity, the historic jail and its gothic architecture serve as the perfect backdrop for a Halloween scare. Tickets are $15 or $25 for Fast Pass. More information will be available at http://jailofterror.com.  

About the Licking County Historic Jail

Opened in 1889, the Licking County Historic Jail is a pillar of Licking County and Newark, Ohio’s history. The jail holds many stories including those of justice (and injustice), fond family memories of staff members who lived in and managed the jail, and hauntings and paranormal activity reported on the property. The Licking County Governmental Preservation Society (LCGPS) oversees the jail and its restoration – so the stories of this historic and monumental building can continue to be told. For more information, visit http://lcjail.org