Vol. 5, Issue 1 | Spring 2016

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Jennifer Ekey Jennifer Ekey
Economic Development
Director
jennifere@cityofmiddletown.org
513.425.7847
Matt Eisenbraun Matt Eisenbraun
Economic Development
Assistant Director
matte@cityofmiddletown.org
513.705.1608
Alexis Fitzsimmons Alexis Fitzsimmons
Economic Development
Assistant Director
alexisf@cityofmiddletown.org
513.705.1603

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

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Master Planning Update

Community Visioning Process Defines Nine Pillars of Middletown

The process of updating Middletown’s Master Plan is well under way. Since the first of the year, more than 30 Community Visioning sessions have been held at venues across the City. Hundreds of Middletown residents took advantage of these opportunities, as well as online surveys, to discuss and provide input to the update, working together to create a shared image of what they would like for the City’s future.

Middletown Community Visioning - 9 pillars

On February 29, a diverse cross-section of Middletown’s residential, civic and business communities met for the public debut of the information gathered via this phase. They learned that, through the process, Middletown residents have contributed approximately 2,500 ideas. From that data, vision statements have been crafted and organized, resulting in the Nine Pillars of Middletown Community Building—each pillar further defined with its own xsubset of possible initiatives.

“People were energized by the evening’s activities and the challenge of prioritizing initiatives moving forward. To match the community’s priorities to what current and potential future assets may be available to carry them out, work teams are being formed on each of the Pillar topic areas,” says Calista Smith, Interim Director of Middletown Moving Forward.

These teams will be tasked with addressing and prioritizing the issues and ideas that emerge within each of the Nine Pillars. Meetings will be held through May, during which each work team will develop an action plan with well researched, measurable and attainable solutions inspired by the Middletown community’s suggestions.

Says Smith, “The Community Visioning process put forth some bold but practical ideas, and we look forward to working not only with the City administration but also community organizations and businesses to bring the vision into reality.”

Dayton SCORE, MidUSA Credit Union Partner to Bring Counseling, Workshops to Small Business Owners

Developing, nurturing and retaining small businesses is a key initiative for Middletown’s economic development department. Small for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations have a tremendous capacity to create jobs, generate income and have a positive impact on our economy.

Dayton SCORE (previously known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives) is one of 320 nonprofit chapters nationwide dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Now, thanks to the proactive efforts of MidUSA Credit Union Business Development Manager Christy Eby, Dayton SCORE’s award-winning services are offered right here in Middletown.

“I became familiar with SCORE’s excellent work through a ‘small business makeover’ program in which we were both involved,” says Eby. “I saw firsthand what they provide and how valuable they are to small businesses, which are a core focus for MidUSA Credit Union. Small businesses make our communities thrive and grow, and working with SCORE to assist them was a natural pairing for us.”

MidUSA Credit Union’s main office at 3600 Towne Boulevard now serves as one of the business center locations at which SCORE holds one-on-one counseling, workshops and seminars free of charge or at very low cost.

Upcoming Middletown SCORE Offerings

Wednesdays: Free one-on-one counseling (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

April 19: Small Business Information and Communications Technology (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

April 21: Grant Writing for Nonprofits (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

For more details and to register for workshops or counseling, visit the Dayton SCORE website at www.daytonscore.org.

 

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