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           Economic Development
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           F AIRFIELD A DVANTAGE
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:               CAREERQUEST    . . . T E E N T O DAY . . .
Flood Insurance Maps       2              C F O T O M O R ROW
FoodShed Connection        2     CareerQuest is an unpaid internship program in      participate. In the past, both large and small
                                 partnership with Eastland-Fairfield Career &        companies have participated as well as non-
2010 Census                2     Technical Schools (EFCTS) and community busi-       profit organizations have hosted interns. Busi-
                                 nesses and organizations. Last year, 58 junior      nesses have reported on how impressed they
Golden Corral Coming       3     business and IT students were placed with 31        have been with the student interns and their
                                 different businesses and organizations in Fair-     skills.
ODOD Seminars              3     field and Franklin counties.

                           3
                                                                                     Students’ technical skills are reviewed with
State of the Schools             In this program, students spend one school day      businesses/organizations prior to placement to
                                 weekly for five weeks in positions putting their    match business’ needs. If you know of any busi-
Calendar                   4
                                 technical skills to work for organizations. The     nesses/organizations that would be interested
                                 internship is a win-win for both organizations      in participating in the CareerQuest program,
                                 and students. Organizations win because they        please contact Caroline Davis, Career Pathways
Community Disposal &             get extra help to complete projects or in their     Specialist, at 614-836-4530 or email
                                 daily operations. Students win by getting expo-     cdavis@efcts.us.
  Drug Drop Off Day
                                 sure to the “real world” early in their career
                                 path.
Recycle**Reduce**Reuse
                                 This year the following EFCTS programs in-
Partial list of Recycled Items   volved in CareerQuest are:
                                          Computer Support Technology
 Outdated, unused prescrip-                        Electronics
       tion medicines                           Financial Services
    Household Batteries                         Interactive Media
  Lawn & Garden Batteries               Legal/Medical Office Technologies
        Auto Batteries                Programming & Software Development
 Durable Medical Equipment
   Material for shredding        The dates for the interns to be on site are April
       [Limit 3 boxes]           27, May 4, 11, 18 and 27, 2010. All types of
                                 businesses/organizations are encouraged to
   Telephone Directories

   Agencies Participating
Lancaster Police Department
                                 S P R I N G T R A D E S H OW & E X P O A P R I L 2 9
         Toxco Inc.
                                 The Progressive Referral Group of Lancaster is       space and this includes an eight foot table.
    Interim Healthcare           planning this year’s “Greater Fairfield County       This will be a great networking opportunity with
     Community Action            Spring Trade Show & Expo. The public is invited      over 120 vendors attending and a chance to
                                 to attend the event that will he held Thursday       get many referrals for a “1 stop shop” experi-
 Hosted by OU-Lancaster          April 29, 2010 at the Fairfield County Fair-         ence
   1570 Granville Pike           grounds in the Ed Sands Farm Building from
                                 5:00pm to 7:00 pm.
          April 10                                                                    Reservations are due by April 1. Contact Ted
        9am—noon                                                                      Tom at 740.503.0243 or Tammy Nusser at
                                 The cost to participate is $20.00 per vendor         740.407.1027 for more information.
 Enter via College Avenue
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F L O O D I N S U R A N C E R A T E M A P U P DA T E S
The Fairfield County Regional      wide format.                      The FIRMs were produced
Planning Commission (RPC)                                            utilizing current technology        For more information:
has been working with repre-                                         and more accurately reflect               Contact
sentatives from the Ohio De-        This effort is being done due
                                                                     the flood risk for residents. .
partment of Natural Re-            to the age and level of accu-
sources (ODNR) and the Fed-        racy of the current FIRM’s.                                           Fairfield County Regional
eral Emergency Management          Fairfield County’s most recent     After the new flood elevations      Planning Commission
Agency (FEMA) on updates to        mapping update was com-           are published by FEMA, a 90-
                                                                                                          210 East Main Street
Fairfield County’s Flood Insur-    pleted in 1989.                   day appeals period will be in
                                                                     effect for residents who want               Room 104
ance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
                                                                     to dispute the findings on the
                                   The map modernization proc-
                                                                     new FIRMs.                             8:00 am—4:00 pm
 FEMA’s Flood Map Moderni-         ess for Fairfield County began
zation initiative is a nation-     in 2007 with a scoping meet-
wide, $1 billion effort to mod-    ing with representatives from     If you have questions, com-             740.687.7110
ernize the nation’s inventory      the RPC, FEMA and ODNR. In        ments, or would like to review
of flood maps. During this         February of this year FEMA        the new maps, please contact
update the maps will be pro-       issued new preliminary FIRMs      the Fairfield County Regional
duced in a seamless, county-       for the county.                   Planning Office.



 FOODSHED CONNECTION EVENT APRIL 21
 The Heart of Ohio Resource        ported Agriculture (CSA’s),       goal is to create a buzz and
 Conservation & Development        Farmers Markets and On-Farm       provide a forum for more com-
 Council is sponsoring a series    Operations which all contrib-     munication and education on
 of “Foodshed Connection”          ute in connecting residents       local food in general, and to
 events, including one to be       with local food in their area.    promote the resources avail-
 held in Lancaster on April 21,                                      able which make it all possi-
 2010.                                                               ble.
                                   Confirmed speakers include
                                   Dave Libben from NRSC;
 “Live from the Green Carpet:      David Brandt of Brandt Farms,     The event is free of charge
 Featuring Stars of Local Food”,   and Bill Steinman from Fair-      and supported in part by fund-
 will be held during Sustainable   field Community Gardens.          ing from Natural Resources
 Agriculture Week. The April 21    Additional speakers are still     Conservation Service and
 event will be held at the River   being added.                      Farm Service Agency.
 Valley Mall from 3:30pm to
 6:30 pm. Come join in the fun
 and videotaping of speakers       Some fun contests will be         For more information visit
 and willing participants.         featured before and after the     www.heartofohiorcd.org or call
 Speakers will focus on local      presentations and there will      Traci Aquara at 740.368.5979
 food outlets such as Commu-       be plenty of time for Q & A and   X 112.
 nity Gardens, Community Sup-      networking opportunities. The




 YOUR 2010 CENSUS                           RETURN MATTERS

 The U.S. Census Bureau just       returning this form” said Holly   tives. Ohio is on the verge of
 completed the mailing of the      Mattei, director of the Fair-     losing two congressional
 2010 Census. By now, each         field County Regional Plan-       seats. “We need to get the
 household in America should       ning Commission. “Not only is     most accurate count in Ohio       Census Assistance Center
 have received its form along      it the law, but the data from     to help reduce this loss”
 with a postage paid envelope      the Census can help deter-                                            First United Methodist
 to return the completed sur-      mine how much money flows                                                     Church
 vey.                              into Fairfield County. The Cen-   The 2010 Census Form is             163 E. Wheeling Street
                                   sus data is also used to deter-   short and easy. It should only
                                                                     take approximately 10 min-              Monday—Friday
                                   mine representation in the
 “I can’t stress enough the        U.S. House of Representa-         utes to complete the 10 ques-               1-4pm
 importance of completing and                                        tion survey.
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 G O L D E N C O R R A L C O M I N G T O T OW N
 Larry Tipton is bringing a         Financing for the $4.2 Million      for creating inviting atmos-
 Golden Corral Buffet & Grill to    project was provided by the         pheres and great restaurant
 Lancaster. Located at 2296         Community Bank of Lancas-           destinations for people to
 North Memorial Drive, just         ter, a division of the Citizens     enjoy. The Golden Corral Res-
 north of Lowe’s, the restau-       Savings Bank of Martins             taurant and associated jobs
 rant plans to open in mid          Ferry, OH.                          will be a welcome continua-
 summer.                                                                tion of those successes.”
                                    SBA504, SBA 7A and the
 “We are excited to bring the       Fairfield County Revolving          The Lancaster Golden Corral
 Golden Corral brand to Fair-       Loan Fund programs were             will bring more than 160 new
 field County. We are looking       utilized as well as assistance      jobs, which will include a mix
 forward to treating our friends    from Dianne Allen, director of      of full-time and part-time em-
 and neighbors to a wide vari-      the Ohio Statewide Develop-         ployees—including manage-
 ety of top quality, homes-style    ment Corporation.                   ment, wait staff, line servers,
 foods,” says Tipton. “Golden                                           and kitchen staff.
 Corral is really a unique res-
 taurant concept—the quality        Loan officer for the Commu-
 and variety of foods reminds       nity Bank, Galen Kelch com-         The restaurant will also have
 me of the grand buffets in Las     mented “ Mr. Tipton has been        banquet facilities that will be
 Vegas. I thing the families of     active in our community and         available free of charge for
 Fairfield County will be excited   region for many years and has       groups and organization in
                                    established a solid reputation      the area.
 about this new dining option.”



 ODOD             ANNOUNCES FREE                           BUSINESS                SEMINARS

 Small business development         These free seminars run from      April 15     Understanding Your Credit
 seminars are being offered         9am-noon and will be offered
                                                                      May 13       Access to Capital [Building Banking Relationships
 for minority and small busi-       at the Columbus Urban
 ness owners. This initiative is    League, 788 Mount Vernon          June 10      Starting Right & Beyond [Legal, Acct. & Insurance]
 a broad effort to strengthen       Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.           July 15      Small Business Certification [Federal, SBA 8a,State/City]
 and expand business owner-                                           Aug. 12      Small Business Procurement Opportunities
 ship. These offerings will as-     Please call 614.469.6860 ext
 sist entrepreneurs in gaining                                        Sept. 16     Small Business Franchise Opportunities
                                    282 for information and reg-
 the knowledge and expertise                                          Oct. 14      Small Business Marketing [Media and E-Commerce]
                                    istration. Although the classes
 to be successful in today’s        are free registration is re-      Nov. 10      Small Business Entrepreneur [CEO/Leadership Training]
 business environment.              quested.                                         You may attend any or all sessions




 STATE OF THE SCHOOLS
Over 100 educators and community         Larry Miller of the Fairfield Education
leaders attended the Lancaster Fair-     Service Center described how the ESC
field Chamber of Commerce luncheon       supports seven county school districts
March 26 at the Stanbery Campus to       and contracts services to four other
hear an update on local schools.         school districts.

State Representative Jerry Stebelton     Mike Johnsen of Amanda Clearcreek
spoke to the challenges ahead at the     shared challenges and successes of
state level for funding education. He    attaining an “Excellent” rating, and
recognizes that unfunded mandates        working toward a successful May levy.
need to be addressed as well as a        Rob Walker of Lancaster City Schools
solution to how Ohio should fund edu-    offered a slide presentation of how           Speakers at the State of the Schools Address [l to r]
cation in the future.                    education has had to change teaching
                                         methods to prepare students for C-21.           G. Stebelton, R. Walker, L. Miller, M. Johnsen
                                         C H A M B E R & BU S I N E S S
Fairfield County
Economic Development                                                                                     EVENTS
Primary Business Address
   210 East Main Street
   Room 407                              March 30: Baltimore Vision Workshop~Basil Joint Fire District FH~7-9pm
   Lancaster, Ohio 43130
                                         March 31: Business After Hours~Max&Erma’s~Memorial Dr.~4pm
Phone: 740.654.1509                      April 1: Business After Hours~Super Suppers~460 W. Waterloo St~5-7pm
Fax: 740.681.4780
E-mail: sfarnsworth@co.fairfield.oh.us
                                         April 3: CWACC Ribbon Cutting~The Boulevard~11573 Lithopolis Rd~11:15am
                                         April 6: Annual State of Fairfield Medical Center~Assembly Rooms~5:30pm
       We’re on the web
                                         April 7: Chamber Café Series~230 N. Columbus St~11:30am~RSVP 653.8251
     www.businesscounty.com
                                         April 13: Lancaster Bicycle Shop Anniversary~721 S Columbus St~4pm
                                         April 14: CWACC Networking Luncheon 11:30am~22 S. Trine~11:30~RSVP
          Fast, Flexible &               April 15: PACC Monthly Luncheon~150 Hereford Dr~11:30am~RSVP 837.1958
         Friendly to Business
                                         April 20: BACC Monthly Business Luncheon~Starlite Lanes~11:30am
                                         April 21: Administrative Professional’s Day~Cheers Chalet~11:30~Call 653.8251
                                         April 27: Bremen Monthly Luncheon~Historical Center~Noon~RSVP
                                         April 29: Women in Business WOW Social~Dills Greenhouse~6-7:30pm



                                         C OMMUNITY EVENTS
                                         April 3: Eagle Gazette Spring Craft Show~County Fairgrounds~9am-3pm
       March 1 to April 18
      Decorative Arts Center
                                         April 6: Wagnalls Used Book Sale~Basement –Old Admin.Bldg~10:30-7:30pm
         740.681.1423
          Artful Paper                   April 9: Arnett Howard & Friends~Eagles ~9pm~For tickets call 740.687.4808
      Cut*Folded*Fabulous
                                         April 10: Dig Into Gardening~Liberty Center~10am~RSVP 740.653.5419 ext 0
                                         April 10: Early Soapbox Derby Reg.~Moos Lodge~noon-2pm~740.687.486
                                         April 11: LCC’s Nearly Neil & The Solitary Band~OUL~3pm~Call 740.654.1251
         March 2 to May 4
        Ohio Glass Museum                April 17: Friends of the Parks Annual Pancake Breakfast~Alley Park~8am-11am
          740.687.0101
         Let There Be Light              April 17: Tractor Day at Fairfield County District Library~10:30am-12:30pm
                                         April 17: BBBS Comedy Night~Scott Dunn~Eagles~8pm~Call for tix 687.9477
                                         April 21: FairHoPe Seminar Now What Do I Do~8-4:30pm~Register 740.654.7077
                                         April 23-24: Bremen Dinner Theater~6pm~Historical Ctr.~RSVP 740.569.7313
                                         April 24: Spring Llama Show~County Fairgrounds~10am-4pm~740.536.9385

				
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