Vol. 5, Issue 1 | Spring 2016

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Jennifer Ekey Jennifer Ekey
Economic Development
Matt Eisenbraun Matt Eisenbraun
Economic Development
Assistant Director
Alexis Fitzsimmons Alexis Fitzsimmons
Economic Development
Assistant Director

Larry Mulligan Jr., Mayor
Dora Bronston, Council Member
Steve Bohannon, Council Member
Talbott Moon, Council Member
Daniel Picard, Council Member
Amy Schenck, Clerk of Council
Doug Adkins, City Manager

City of Middletown
One Donham Plaza
Middletown, OH 45042
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Middletown Energy Center Holds Infrastructure Improvements Support New Commercial Developments

Middletown currently has almost $750 million in new construction under way—AK Steel’s Research and Innovation Center, the new Middletown Energy Center, Nicholas Place Apartments and school upgrades. There is a direct correlation between infrastructure readiness and making it easier to do business in Middletown. To attract new businesses and create new jobs, the City needs to be “wired” to go on all fronts—from roadwork to water, sewer, utilities and telecommunications-related upgrades such as fiber-optics.Collaboration and partnership with Butler and Warren County agencies, surrounding communities and various funding sources to execute this work is key to ongoing economic development success.

Infrastructure projects that are under way include:

Yankee Road: The $7.42 million Phase 3 improvements to Yankee Road will include a widening of the street from Oxford State Road north to Lafayette Avenue. Heavy-duty pavement will accommodate truck traffic. Partial funding has been secured from OKI and the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Salzman Road Extension: Scheduled for 2017, Phase 4 of the Yankee Road improvements takes place within Monroe, Ohio. This project’s impact on Middletown businesses along the Yankee Road corridor—notably MADE Business Park and other industrial concerns—will be immense. Salzman Road will be extended north to Yankee Road, creating a significantly smoother traffic flow and, most importantly, affording heavy truck traffic a straight shot south to SR 63 and I-75.

Oxford State Road: A two-mile portion of Oxford State Road will be reconstructed and widened to three lanes from Spurlino Materials to Yankee Road. The $6.5 million improvement project will run this May through November 2017. When complete, these improvements will open up hundreds of acres to commercial and industrial development.

Verity Parkway (SR 4/73): Verity will be resurfaced through downtown between Girard Avenue and Tytus Avenue. Funding for the $970,000 project is covered, in part, by an ODOT grant.

Central Avenue: Work on Central Avenue has continued throughout the winter and includes upgrading capacity with new water and sewer lines and repaving—improvements critical to attracting new businesses.

Middletown Participating in Statewide
Certification Program

With this January’s kickoff of the SiteOhio Certification Program, the State of Ohio has embarked on an economic development initiative to increase Ohio’s portfolio of “development-ready” commercial, industrial and manufacturing properties for potential end-users.

Sites applying for certification must be at least 30 acres and located within a designated industrial park. Access roads, utilities and fiber infrastructure must be in place and due diligence criteria met. Middletown has submitted applications for seven sites. The data is now being reviewed, and results are scheduled for release in May.

“The SiteOhio Program presents a tremendous opportunity to get Middletown’s development properties ready to create jobs and investment,” says Matt Eisenbraun, Middletown Assistant Economic Development Director. “If a site meets the mark, it will be certified. If a site is not yet ready, we will follow the gap analysis roadmap provided to get it ready. The review and suggestions for the sites we have submitted will be invaluable. Bottom line: Middletown needs to work at the speed of business. For site selectors searching for client-ready sites that speed is ‘today,’ and Middletown needs to be prepared.”

The SiteOhio Certification Program falls under the Ohio Development Services Agency. JobsOhio, a private nonprofit corporation for driving job creation and new capital investment in Ohio, will administer the program for the state. Applications will be reviewed and scored by InSite Consulting, a well-respected South Carolina-based company that provides site selection, economic development and real estate consulting services to private companies and government entities.

“What sets this program apart is the unprecedented teamwork and effort being made on behalf of local communities,” says Tonya Crist, Owner of InSite Consulting. “Instead of the state picking which sites would be considered for certification, they have invited everyone to the table, to present all of their qualifying development properties for consideration. The effort made to pull in local communities is just remarkable. This is the largest effort ever undertaken to get the largest number of sites across a state ready for investment.”

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