Last updated on 11/2/2009 with HITS numbers.
On target for 2009
Launched in 2008 by a team of public/non-profit business resource professionals, the HITS program had the ambitious goal of reaching out one-on-one to 1,000 businesses in the Springfield Ohio MSA (Clark County). It accomplished that, reaching 1,039 businesses, hearing from 705 on their growth plans and helping 305 directly. Prior to that in 2000/2001, the number of businesses reached was 70.
For 2009, the team pushed the reach objective out to 1,100 and is focusing on even increasing the number of companies who are relaying their plans to over 1,000. So far, we are pretty much on target. Here are the current numbers:
Companies to whom we’ve reached out one-on-one this calendar year, they may have responded or not
Companies who have responded back with their hiring, investment, training, and space plans
Companies we have assisted this year or whom we are assisting still
Value of assistance tracked so far. This is very low; much hasn’t been put in yet.
HITS is the initiative in Clark County to reach out to businesses and help them identify and obtain resources that help them grow. The program is a collaborative team effort that leverages existing business relationships to increase the resources that businesses use. Members of the core + associated teams reach out one-on-one to businesses located in the Springfield Ohio MSA (aka Clark County, Ohio) and ask the HITS questions about their plans to hire, invest, train or find new space. The questions are described in more detail here – http://bit.ly/sehits1.
The core team consists of non-profit resource partners who meet monthly to discuss resources and new projects. The associate team consists of volunteers who assist in making HITS calls or entering data into the system. Both are critical for our success. The core team is listed below. The associate team consists of over 20 professionals + volunteers working with the organization to make the contacts.
|Steve Anzur||Exec. Director||SBDC|
|Nancy Bridgman||Exec. Director||NET Incubator|
|Kimberly Jones||City Manager||New Carlisle City|
|Amy Donahoe||Dir. of Hiring + Employer Services||Chamber/CIC|
|Jim Franks||Exec. Dir. + Dean, Corp. + Public Svc.||Clark State CC|
|Maureen Fagans||Exec. Director||Center City|
|Shane Farnsworth||Planning Director||Clark County|
|Tom Franzen||Econ. Dev. Administrator||Springfield City|
|Duane Hodge||Prog. Mgr., Bus. + Industry Training||Clark State CC|
|Gary Kuhn||Contract Training Facilitator||Clark State CC|
|Maria Goeser||Workforce Representative||ODOD|
|Lehan Peters||Director, Workforce Development||Clark Co. JFS|
|Pat Richards||Deputy Econ. Dev. Administrator||Springfield City|
|Josh Rice||Village Manager||S. Charleston|
|Bill Salyers||Chair, Econ. Dev. Committee||Clark Co. TRIAD|
|Geoff Steele||Deputy Director||Clark Co. JFS|
|David Zak||VP, Economic Development||Chamber/CIC|
Awards + Press
The HITS Business Retention + Expansion program was nominated for both the OEDA Best Innovation in Economic Development Award (was a finalist) in 2008 as well as the BREI Best Program award. In 2009, it won an OSAE (Ohio Society of Association Executives) Achievement Award.
>> Here is the application, which provides a full history, philosophy, results + press coverage of the program in its first full year – http://bit.ly/sehitsoeda.
>> News-Sun article (7/6/2008) – http://bit.ly/tFp83
>> DBJ article (3/3/2008) – http://bit.ly/O8ANb