Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

Date posted: December 30, 2013

The Fairfield 33 Development Alliance held their Annual Meeting December 13 at the Lodge in Lancaster to review 2013 and present plans for 2014. Howard Sniderman, Chairman, welcomed board members, investors and guests. A resolution to increase the numbers of board members from 20 to 25 was approved. Sniderman also received approval for the slate of officers for 2014 and confirmation of board members.

Serving the Alliance in 2014 will be: Howard Sniderman from Fairfield Medical Center as Chair; South Central Power’s Brad Markwood as Vice-Chair; Helen Mayle of the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce as Secretary; and Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber President Travis Markwood will serve as Treasurer. The approved Board of Directors for 2014 include Amanda Lemke (Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce; Scott Reed (Fairfield National Bank); Pat Spires (Fairfield Homes); Ron Collins (Bremen Bank); Jeff Beard (Standing Stone National Bank); Dean DeRolph (Kumler Collision); Tim Kaylor (Glimcher Realty); Cathy Bitler (Lancaster Area CIC); Mayor Michael Ebert (City of Canal Winchester) , Bill Vance (City of Pickerington); Carol Moore (Bloom Township); Dave Levacy (Fairfield County) , Mayor David Smith (City of Lancaster); Gary Weltlich (Violet Township); Jon Buck, (AEP); and Jason Baker (Peoples Bank).

Treasurer Markwood reviewed the financials for 2013 and presented the 2014 budget for approval.

Sheena Metzger, Project Manager for Jobs Ohio was the guest speaker. She shared a brief history of the JobsOhio and how it has been more responsive to site selector needs and is working well with regional partners, including Columbus 2020. She highlighted the fund/loan incentives that are available for hard assets, workforce training and development and revitalization.

Growth coming from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is on the rise across multiple industry sectors including manufacturing, auto, and IT. Ms. Metzger talked about the opportunities to match work force needs of employers with education. When questioned about the issue of “Right to Work”, Metzger shared that this is not the important factor that is once was.

Joe Henderson, Alliance Operations Team Member, introduced the new business attraction video produced by Innerphase Video. This video will be used for marketing purposes and will become an integral part of the new Alliance website. The video included testimonials from SRI of Ohio, Olan Plastics and Volunteer Energy.

Lucas Haire, Alliance Operations Team Member, shared some on the new projects that were announced or completed in 2013 including: NIFCO, Lucky Bones, CAM Logistics, Cyclone Power and Phoenix Electrotek. For a more complete list of projects in the area since Alliance inception please click here. Haire also brought up the importance of the pending US 33/Carroll Interchange project. This ODOT project, scheduled to begin in 2015, will alleviate the traffic problems in that area and increase traffic flow.

Bob Clark, Alliance Operations Team Member and Director of the Alliance, looked ahead to 2014. A new website will be in place, allowing for ease in updating. Corporate calling will be done with identified business sectors. With FDI increasing, the team is planning some international travel. The Area Development summer conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio and will be attended by all the ED Directors.

Clark thanked all the investors for their continued support of this public/private partnership, adding that there continue to be opportunities for additional investors. For more information on the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance please call Clark at 740.652.7160 or visit the website at www.fairfield33.com

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