All Things Business

Mansfield Lahm Receives $6 Million Improvement Grant

8 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Press Release

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $6,023,701 grant to the city of Mansfield to reconstruct the apron and taxilane at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.

“Ohio airports are vital infrastructure supporting travel and commerce in our state,” Brown said. “These federal investments are great news for the region and will enhance safety and operations at Mansfield Lahm and improve travel for area residents and businesses.”

The FAA supports public-use airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems through the Airport Improvement Program. The program supports projects that improve airport safety, capacity, security, and lessen environmental impact.

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All About Richland

Imagination District Boosted By $75,000 Brownfield Grant

17 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, State of Ohio Press Release

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced state support for 112 brownfield remediation projects that will help clean up contaminated properties in Ohio to make way for future economic development. 

As part of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, the Ohio Department of Development is awarding $192 million for projects impacting 41 Ohio counties.

One of those projects is along Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield.

“These properties are vital spaces in our communities, ones that are not only being wasted in their current capacity, but oftentimes are a danger to their local communities,” said Governor DeWine. “Today, we’re reclaiming these spaces for the future of our residents, businesses, and communities.”

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All About Richland

Downtown Mansfield Parking Lot To Be Reenvisioned By BGSU

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, BGSU Press Release

Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is looking to do some makeovers.

Instead of improving appearances or renovating houses, the Center is focusing its efforts on creating new energy for untapped assets for local communities, turning them into engines for economic growth and enhanced quality of life. 

To that end, the Center has announced the second cohort of communities to participate in its Reimagining Rural Regions (R3) program. One of those chosen communities is Mansfield.

Launched in 2021, the R3 program is an economic and workforce development-centered placemaking initiative that helps communities identify, enhance and build community assets to aid in talent attraction and retention.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 23-24

7 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

n today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Johnstown fears loss of small-town feel
  • Licking County schools brace for growth
  • Licking County rushes to build new homes
  • Zoning and planning in western Licking County
  • Impact on traffic
  • Annexation
  • New Albany approves rezoning
  • Husted extols level of investment
  • Concerns about US Congress delay

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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Shelby

Shelby Downtown Project Takes Important Step Forward

5 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

While streetscape work continues in downtown Shelby as a part of that city’s three-part downtown makeover, another major portion of that effort came closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday, construction bids were opened for the new Black Fork Commons Plaza (conceptual images above). Three qualified bids were received, the lowest submitted by Simonson Construction of Ashland.

The Black Fork Commons Plaza will include a fountain/splash feature for kids, a plaza, and a pergola/outdoor fireplace. The price tag is $1.2 million, which has been fully raised. Engineering is underway. The Plaza’s cost is $1.6 million, and it too has been fully funded with 12 local donors. The fundraising was kicked off by the Shelby Foundation’s gift of $250,000.

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All About Richland

US30 Corridor Plan Creators Seek Public Feedback

2 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Now that the website draft has been published, developers of the 2022 U.S. 30 Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are seeking public input.

According to the project website, CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development that is the result of a regionally owned planning process. In this case, it was developed as a tool for the four north central Ohio counties along the US30 corridor.

Officials in Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, and Ashland Counties have contributed time to developing and fine-tuning this too. In turn, the Economic Development Administration uses the plan to trigger funds for assistance in infrastructure, and is also shown to companies considering locating a facility in the region.

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All About Richland

Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part Two

7 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the second in our current Solutions Journalism series focusing on the Westinghouse Building on Fifth Street in downtown Mansfield.

The photos we posted yesterday can be read in connection with the information we present today. Our goal is not to promote a specific end, but instead we hope to share a reminder that opportunity exists in almost every situation. These powerful economics tools have been used across Ohio and the country for remarkable community development. They can also capture resources that cannot be replicated.

Below is information on resources for the rescue and rehabilitation for significant pieces of Ohio history. These financial incentives have been used extensively, but unfortunately only to a limited extent in Richland County:

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All About Richland, Solutions Journalism

Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part One

6 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

“Solutions Journalism” is a buzz word in certain media circles these days, both close to home and far afield.

In a nutshell, the concept can be described as a purposeful attempt to focus on what the news misses most often, according to the Solutions Journal Network. The goal is to identify “…how people are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes or failures.”

That particular facet of local journalism has actually been around for quite some time. It is only recently, however, that it has acquired this new name.

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All About Richland, All Things Business

The Intel From Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of March 5-6

5 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:

  • Township wants to stop New Albany annexation options
  • What comes after the semiconductor announcements?
  • Intel to benefit Ohio colleges
  • New homes needed
  • Locals urged to capitalize on opportunities
  • Property to have long-term impact
  • President Biden includes Intel in State of the Union
  • Ohio college students hope to benefit

This weekend’s Intel On Intel can be viewed here.

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All About Richland, All Things Business

The Intel From Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For Weekend Of February 26-27

26 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:

  • Questions about traffic between Franklin and Licking Counties
  • A look at how Intel fits in with other central Ohio economic development
  • The impact of Intel in Coshocton
  • Projected regional growth in hotels, businesses, and jobs
  • How Dayton is capturing Intel energy
  • Using renewable energy credits
  • Licking County Commissioners talk about the deal
  • How Muskingum County is viewing the opportunity
  • Even the bees are affected by this investment
  • Will the investment be worth it

This weekend’s Intel On Intel can be viewed here.

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All Things Business

Introducing The Intel On Intel

21 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Intel is investing $20 billion in constructing two state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facilities in northwestern Licking County, a number of developments began to occur.

On the part of local units of government and planning organizations, work began to prepare for changes in traffic, population growth, and community development patterns not only in the immediate area, but regionally across central Ohio. Initiatives sprung up almost overnight to prepare for the various needs that the operation will require, including the availability of a trained, talented workforce.

Efforts began as far away as Cincinnati to determine how best to woo Intel suppliers, while other regions and state began to consider how they lost out in this edition of the semiconductor sweepstakes.

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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…

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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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