Schools

MOESC Opens Esports Game Lab

5 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from MOESC

In February, the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors discussed uses for Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding in order to provide extended learning opportunities to Mid-Ohio ESC client districts. The creation of an esports program at MOESC came from that discussion. Esports, or Electronic Sports (Gaming), is growing in popularity in Ohio and around the world. Mid-Ohio ESC conducted a survey with districts in the area to assess the interest level in bringing esports to Mid-Ohio. Similar to the popular Academic Challenge events that are hosted by Mid-Ohio ESC, the ESC can now serve as a gaming site for practices and tournaments.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: Special Edition – The Regional Impact

1 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, 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 region.

In today’s edition, we take a moment to share collected articles about how local communities across Ohio are assessing the impact of Intel’s development and making plans to capture its potential – including Richland County.

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All Things Business

Comments On Local Media

25 Sep , 2022  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Publisher

Today marks the beginning of a new regular column here at 1812Blockhouse.

Every so often – how often is not yet set – I will be sharing information and perhaps some commentary about media goings-on in Richland County. We have said this before, because it is very true – as a county, this community has more variety in news sources than most other places nationwide. That’s something which sets this place apart and makes it worth talking about.

As is the case for a few dozen other individuals, I am involved in the reporting, collection, and distribution of information that Richland Countians can use, every single day. Yes, it can be frustrating when one observes the  amount of wasted resources that occurs with so many people telling the same stories. Yes, it’s occasionally stressful. At all times, however, there’s an overpowering sense that what we do here at 1812Blockhouse – telling the community’s stories, whether written by ourselves or by others – is important.

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All Things Business

Intel Investment Projections Inch Higher; Strong Regional Economic Impact Certain

5 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Optimism for Intel has reached a fever pitch recently. Among remarks reportedly given by State Senator Jay Hottinger from Newark last month was the following:

“We’re now going to have five fabs,” Hottinger said. “It makes us the largest chip manufacturer in the world. The opportunities and spinoffs from this will be phenomenal.”

In the article published in the Newark Advocate (can be read here), Hottinger followed that remark by suggesting that officials are already in talks with almost half of the 30 to 40 suppliers potentially coming to Ohio.

Each of these “fabs,” or individual factories, will generate up to 1,500 higher-than-average salary positions (the projected annual salary will be $135,000). The first two fabs have prompted a recent statewide call for 7,000 construction workers.

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All About Richland

Library Launches Memory Lab

28 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

You know that VHS tape of your wedding, sitting in a box gathering dust and never played because your VCR broke 15 years ago?

Or that box of 50mm slides from your trip to Colorado in 1982?

Thanks to the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s new Memory Lab, those memories can be relived through placing each n a new, more accessible digital format.

Best of all, you are not on your own in negotiating the connections between one electronic device and other. The Library will provide access to trained staff who will, in turn, train you on how to accomplish these tasks during three two-hour sessions on Monday through Thursday at 9 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM.

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Schools

What’s That New Website I See? Hint: It Has A Good Deal Of Scarlet And Gray

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s been happening for some time, but a major step in an apparent redesign of The Ohio State University website took place in the last couple of days.

The new site has some revamped organization, but the major change appears to be an aesthetic one. The new site is a brighter, less packed-in experience that emphasizes white space and large headers.

As Mansfield is so closely connected to goings-on in Columbus, we here at 1812Blockhouse are on the OSU website several times a week. Because of that, we tend to notice such things.

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All Things Business

Ohio’s Senators Join 62 Others In Passing Chips Bill

28 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It is very possible that looking back from a twenty-years-from-now vantage point, that Wednesday’s vote in the US Senate will be seen as a transformative moment for Ohio’s economy.

At least in the near future, few places may end up as changed as Ohio because of a measure that will provide historic levels of financial investment into the domestic manufacture of semiconductors and related industries. And while Richland County is not the primary location from those manufacturing facilities, the county’s southwest corner is quite close to the building site, and of course neighboring Morrow and Knox Counties will be Intel’s next door neighbors.

From the time of the first announcement of Intel’s building plans to the present, passage of the so-called Chips Bill was singled out as important for Intel to maximize its Ohio investment.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of June 11-12

12 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, 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 on the following topics:

  • Central Ohio needs to make more housing available
  • Intel construction team chosen
  • Labor shortage looms
  • Opinion: Johnstown needs to end small-town politics
  • Licking County residents question incentives
  • $2 billion Ohio incentive package lacks safeguards
  • New Intel site leader moves to New Albany
  • Intel will raise standard of living says Husted
  • $1.1 billion in financial incentives
  • TechCrunch considers why Intel chose Ohio

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Paul C Lee from Pixabay

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of May 28-29

29 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, 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 on the following topics:

  • New Innovation Park to be built near Intel
  • Opportunities in Coshocton
  • Mass transit, or sprawl?
  • Challenging Columbus to think bigger
  • Chip shortage risks per Intel CEO
  • Land acquired for new data center
  • Opinion: Ohio needs public transit
  • What about wetlands?
  • Columbus population is growing
  • Intel picks early construction team
  • How do folks feel living near Intel?

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 16-17

16 Apr , 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:

  • Licking County schools anticipating growth
  • Welcome Intel Task Force formed
  • Commercial real estate developers charting uncharted territory
  • Intel makes greenhouse gas commitment
  • Intel impact on northeast Ohio
  • School in northeast Ohio had a hand in luring Intel to Ohio
  • Two townships explore merger
  • Negotiations are reaching a final stage
  • A look at an Intel plant in the state of Oregon
  • Johnstown prepares

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All About Richland

Assess And Improve Your Tech Skills Through The Library

21 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s a new way to test your computer skills that’s interactive and fun.

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library is now providing the Northstar Digital Learning Program, an assessment-based too for pinpointing where you can use a few pointers.

Now can identify those gaps in your knowledge and guide your learning. Northstar was developed in response to the needs of job seekers who may lack the digital literacy skills needed to seek, obtain, and retain employment, as well as to perform other tasks in daily life.

Northstar Digital Literacy modules are grouped into three main areas:

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All About Richland

Broadband Expansion Projects Announced Across Ohio, Including Richland County

19 Mar , 2022  

By Governor DeWine’s Office; 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced new broadband expansion projects that will make affordable, high-speed internet available to nearly 100,000 households in Ohio that currently don’t have access to reliable internet connectivity.

On Friday morning, the Broadband Expansion Authority authorized BroadbandOhio to award more than $232 million in grants to 11 internet service providers as part of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The funding will be used to cover the “broadband funding gap” associated with 33 broadband expansion projects impacting 31 counties.

Those counties include Richland.

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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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All Things Business

Intel Is Coming And Central Ohio Is Bound To Change

23 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Neo, the character played be Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, makes the following observation:

“You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.”

Over the last two days, there has been a good deal on online conversation and commentary centering on the announcement by Intel and the State of Ohio about the investment of $20 billion in constructing two state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facilities in western Licking County. The move is the first step in an overall plan that envisions eight factories placed there within ten years.

It’s the kind of investment that generates intense competition between regions and states, each offering attractive incentive packages. It is also the kind of move that transcends the initial investment; it will make the Midwest, and Ohio in particular, a center for what has heretofore been an economic engine for California and western states.

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Massive Semiconductor Plant Investment Announced For Site An Hour From Mansfield

21 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It would be difficult to overestimate the impact of an announcement made this morning in metro Columbus.

Consider the facts for a moment.

  • Intel will be creating what might become the world’s largest semiconductor operation in western Licking County, a site just over an hour from Richland County.
  • Over 20,000 jobs will be generated because of this investment, including 3,000 direct jobs with an average $135,000 annual salary, 7,000 construction jobs over the course of the building project, and tens of thousands of indirect and support jobs.
  • An additional $2.8 billion is expected to be added to Ohio’s annual gross state product.

In an announcement of its intentions, Intel shared on Friday:

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