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County Commissioners Update – By Tim Bubb, Rick Black, Duane Flowers, County Commissioners

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by

County Commissioners Update – By Tim Bubb, Rick Black, Duane Flowers, County Commissioners

We would like to share some big news for 2018. On February 28th the 13 history-related organizations that host the annual Ohio Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse, Licking County, the City of Newark, and several elected leaders to receive the Ohio History Leadership Award. This statewide recognition of our community includes local strong leadership in advocating for World Heritage status for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the restoration of the 1876 Licking County Courthouse and for multiple examples of historic preservation initiatives throughout the County.  We look forward to joining a number of others in accepting this special recognition!  So, let’s begin 2018 with a look back at a very productive year in Licking County! Developments at year-end were significant as new investors stepped forward to turn around a couple of well-known and deteriorating properties. 2018 holds new promise for the Longaberger Basket/Office Building in east Newark and the Cherry Valley Lodge on the west side.  In December a developer, whose restoration company has been involved locally in the work on the Historic County Jail, the Penn Station and the NEWork Building all in downtown, and their partner, purchased the Basket.  The Developer says they have a ‘big vision’ for the building which will be announced in the months ahead.  Meanwhile, a new ownership group acquired the Cherry Valley Lodge and Waterpark in west Newark adjacent to Granville. They have plans to spend $13-million for much needed restoration and renovation of the property, which includes some 200 hotel rooms and meeting facilities and a 45-thousand square foot exhibition hall and event center In 2017 your Licking County Commissioners completed a much-needed restoration and renovation of the Historic 1876 Courthouse on the town square. The Courthouse was returned to its previous glory with a seven-phase project. A rededication will be held in the spring.  In addition, the County began a renovation of its East Main Street Annex which houses the Children Support Enforcement Agency CSEA. The project includes the addition of a permanent County Records Center. The combining of these two major projects, on this County owned site, is saving taxpayers some $3-million.  As with the 1876 Courthouse, a spring open house is planned.   This past year saw continued progress in cooperation with our Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) ‘Grow Licking County’ in bringing additional development and jobs to the County.  In 2017, we have seen investments and new opportunities from our existing partners at 1-800 Flowers with new call center positions in Hebron, a major corporate expansion by American Electric Power in New Albany, and new career opportunities at Hebron’s Transcendia.  Pataskala saw the technology firm, TechR2, expand into their community. Heath saw continued growth in the Central Ohio Aerospace & Technology Center with two big wins, Ohio Pack, LLC & GB Foods Incorporated.  And Facebook found a new data center home in New Albany with a project that could see expansion for nearly a decade along Beech Road and north of SR 161. This Economic Development achievement in 2017 adds up to 500 new jobs and over $800 million in private investment for Licking County.


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