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Community Visioning (update two)

At the February council retreat, we established one of our highest priorities as the community visioning process and outreach. Since then, council has been working efficiently to begin this outreach sometime this Summer. This article is meant to provide some back-the-scenes context to what we have accomplished since the retreat. To learn more about the purpose of the visioning process, please visit the city website here. In February, we “kicked off” the process, indicating its importance, by passing a resolution. We drafted and approved a mission statement and some basic parameters of what we want to accomplish with the visioning process. I was appointed by council to collect feedback from e

ReCAP Program a Success

In 2014, council gave approval to the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) to manage the re-emergent corridor assistance program (ReCAP), focusing on the city’s industrial corridor of Huntley, Schrock, and Proprietors. The program had three goals: Decrease the office vacancy rates by investing in facility improvements Increase the number of jobs by attracting stable companies Improve the corridor aesthetics The program was set up to provide property owners with up to $12,500 in facility renovation grants and up to $12,500 in zero-interest loans. Within four years, the CIC and council approved 16 projects, totaling $140,000 in grants and $140,000 in loans. This investment spurred more than

Renewable Electric Aggregation: Mission Accomplished

Last November, Worthington residents voted to allow Council to accept electric aggregation proposals to achieve two goals: 1. Reduce household electric bills 2. Provide residents with 100% renewable energy electric Mission accomplished. Starting in June, eligible* households and small businesses will receive approximately 7 percent savings on their subsequent electric bills. When Councilman David Robinson and I began working on this program a year ago, we thought it was important to consider how we can obtain a renewable energy product for aggregation. Cincinnati was the first city in the state to implement this type of program. Based on sheer volume of households, they were able