Challenges. Solutions.

51 Older Ohio Buildings Receive Tax Credits For Renovation

5 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the first post in our new Challenges. Solutions. series. Through these posts, we will be looking at how other communities — in Ohio and elsewhere — are tackling some of the social issues that are faced by Richland County cities, villages, and rural areas.

We will lead off with posts looking at economic development challenges that are being met in creative and effective ways, and in particular the paths to downtown and neighborhood revitalization.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit is no stranger to Mansfield or Richland County. A limited number of projects at Fifth & Walnut, North Main Street, and Park Avenue West have received the credit over the last several years. More…

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All Things Business

JobsOhio Highlights Edge Plastics Investment

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The recent decision by Edge Plastics to invest in and expand their Mansfield operations has not gone unnoticed by state economic development interests.

That includes JobsOhio, Ohio’s nonprofit corporation created to attract capital investment and to grow jobs in the Buckeye State through a range of attraction, retential, and expansion programs and activities.

On Monday, JobsOhio published a page and news release focusing on Edge Plastics.

The page takes the form of a bullet point list relating to the investment being made. Entitled “Edge Plastics Reinvests In Ohio Manufacturing Capacity,” various numbers and aspects are detailed. More…


All About Richland

Facade Improvement Program’s First Project Showcases Landmark Building

24 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Driving along North Main Street this weekend, something attracted our attention.

The first visible signs of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI)’s new Facade Improvement Program became apparent over the last few days with new awnings installed on the historic Voegele Building.

The black and white awnings draw attention to the period storefront of the four story brick building, which dates to 1897. More…

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All Things Business

Mansfield Council Passes Legislation For New Spec Industrial Building

5 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

At its regular meeting on Wednesday evening, Mansfield City Council passed two items of legislation related to the building of a new “spec” industrial building at 1750 Airport West Road.

Both dealt with a proposed Community Reivnestment Area (CRA) Agreement with Airport West I, LLC which would result in construction of a 160,000 square foot industrial building.

In Ohio, a CRA is an economic development tool administered by local government that provides property tax exemptions for property owners that construct or renovate buildings. Depending on the local program, that can include industrial, commercial, and/or residential structures. More…

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All Things Business

RCDG Launches Small Business Loan Fund

21 Jun , 2020  

This past week, the Richland Community Development Group (RCDG), an affiliate of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, announced the creation of the RCDG Small Business Loan Fund with roughly $194,000. This project, in partnership with three local lenders, is a loan program with collateral enhancement aimed at helping to support Richland County small businesses. More…

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All Things Business, Schools

Mansfield To Consider CRA Program; Idea Shared With Schools

29 Apr , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

A program that once provided a boost to downtown Mansfield is being considered again.

The Mansfield City Schools Board of Education virtual meeting on Tuesday evening included a conversation between “town and gown.” City of Mansfield Economic Development Director Tim Bowersock was a participant, and shared with board members the news that Mansfield City Council will be considering creation of a new Community Reinvestment Area, or “CRA,” program at its next full Council meeting. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Three Mansfield Census Tracts Recommended As Opportunity Zones

22 Mar , 2018  

When the analysis was completed, three census tracts largely encompassing the older areas of Mansfield were included in the recommendations made by Ohio Governor John Kasich to the US Treasury Department to be recognized as “Opportunity Zones.” More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Fifth And Walnut

6 Sep , 2017  

The vintage brick residence in downtown Mansfield is officially known as 159 North Walnut Street. Many locals, however, know it as the house at “The Corner of Fifth and Walnut,” the name of author M. Eileen Levinson’s autobiographical work profiling her childhood there in the 1920s and 1930s. More…

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All Things Business

Richland Economic Development Efforts Profiled

6 Mar , 2017  

The online journal, Business in Focus, has profiled local economic development efforts for their national audience.

According to the publication, “At Business In Focus, we take pride in bringing our readers a comprehensive view of North American business, month after month. Our online editions keep you on top of the latest news and events across multiple industries, and highlight the nation’s leaders in their respective fields. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Tax Credit Awards Announced; Richland County Left Out Again

22 Dec , 2016  

On Tuesday, the Ohio Development Services Agency announced recipients for the 17th round of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit. And, for the 17th time in a row, no Richland County project was included.

This set of awards included $22.8 million in tax credits to 18 applicants planning to rehabilitate 33 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to generate $225.6 million in private investment in 12 communities across Ohio. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Richland County Cities May Soon See Sprouting Antennas

11 Dec , 2016  

Updated 12.13.2016

Lame duck sessions of legislative bodies have been known to pass measures that have not been successful during regular sessions. Often, these come in the form of amendments to bills to which they may or may not have any real relationship.

Such an instance occurred this past week, when the Ohio General Assembly passed the so-called “Petland bill (Senate Bill 331),” which regulates where pet stores can purchase puppies for sale. Among amendments to that bill was one which all but eliminates the ability of cities in Ohio to regulate the erection of so-called “microwireless” or “small cell” facilities in public rights-of-way. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

City Reviews Nine Months Of Economic Development

24 Oct , 2016  

The City of Mansfield recently profiled economic development activities for 2016 as it released its third quarter newsletter.

“Through the first nine months of 2016, a number of economic development projects have moved forward that will result in significant investment in facilities and tangible personal property assets. The projects are a mix of existing and new to Mansfield businesses. More…