Greater Ohio – Restoring Prosperity to Springfield

The Assistant Director of Greater Ohio, Dawn Larzelere, presented on how Springfield could continue to move forward economically.  The presentation was  made to members of the CIC board and Gold Crown Investors.

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Ancra International to create 25 jobs in Springfield

Thursday, October 28, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce welcomed Ancra International to the Springfield business community with a press conference held at Commerce Pointe.

Ancra produces a full range of cargo handling systems and equipment for the loading, handling and restraint of airborne cargo, as well as an array of fittings, straps, nets and specialty restraints. The company will be providing TAC Enterprises with materials for their cargo net production operation.

Ancra expects to intially employee 20-25 workers at its facility on Progress Drive.

Chamber President and CEO Mike McDorman had this to say about the news:

“One of the wonderful success stories that has been a part of our community for 50 years is TAC Enterprises. News on Thursday that a company was moving work from Kansas to Springfield and will initially employ 20 to 25 people further demonstrates what a valuable asset TAC is to the business community.

Ancra International’s move here is to be closer to TAC, a partner in the manufacture and repair of cargo control systems for the Air Force. Some of you may know TAC under previous names, first as Town and Country School, the first educational school in the world for the mentally disabled. A part of the school was the Adult Vocational Training Program, later called the Shelter Workshop.

It’s also been known as TAC I and TAC II. TAC I on Old Selma Road is now TAC Enterprises and TAC II on Leffel Lane changed its name to Quest. Quest employs 208 and TAC Enterprises 319. It is one of the top 25 employers in Clark County. TAC Enterprises major customer is the U.S. Air Force. TAC has been repairing all of the USAF’s cargo nets since 1982, and in 2005 secured an AbilityOne contract to manufacture new nets for the Air Force. That’s what makes the announcement than Ancra International was moving here so important.

Instead of sending cargo control work from Kansas to Springfield, they’ll be sending it across the street. This will be cost effective and should solidify the contract with the USAF for the future. TAC and Quest also service such local companies as Kinedyne, Trutec, Rittal, ITT, Sweet, YSI and others. TAC and Quest are examples of how people with disabilities can be productive citizens and an important part of the business community in Greater Springfield.”

Read local news stories here:

>> WHIO Radio article

>> Springfield News-Sun article

>> Dayton Business Journal

Announcement on funding for small business, creating new jobs

Today: Patt-McDaniel, Treasury officials to hold conference call announcing funding allocation for Ohio to help support small business lending and create new jobs

Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel, and Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury, Gene Sperling, will hold a conference call with reporters at 4 p.m. (Eastern)  TODAY to discuss Ohio’s funding allocation under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The State Small Business Credit Initiative – created under the Small Business Jobs Act President Obama signed into law last week – is designed to strengthen innovative state programs that support private sector lending to small businesses. The SSBCI is one of several measures in the Small Business Jobs Act that will help entrepreneurs expand their businesses and create new jobs, including eight new small business tax cuts, and new Treasury and Small Business Administration initiatives to help unlock credit for small businesses.

WHAT: Conference call on funding allocation for major small business lending program

WHO: Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development Gene, Sperling, Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2010 – 4 p.m. (Eastern)

WHERE:        Members of the media interested in joining the call must email Kimber Perfect (Kimber.Perfect@development.ohio.gov) for dial-in information.

“The Children’s Place” has grand opening in Upper Valley Mall

The Upper Valley Mall and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Children’s Place on September 24. The Children’s Place is located directly across from Old Navy in the mall. The retailer occupies a 5,000 square-foot space and specializes in children’s merchandise, ranging in sizes from newborn to 14-years-old for both boys and girls.

Upper Valley Mall Manager Brenda LaBonte was quoted in the Springfield News-Sun as saying, “Everybody has been very excited about this opening. Springfield is very family-oriented, so this is a good location for a store that offers very fashionable children’s clothing at a very good price.”

According to the News-Sun, The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. designs, contracts to manufacture and sells merchandise under the proprietary “The Children’s Place” brand name. As of July 31, the Company owned and operated 977 stores and an online store at www.childrensplace.com.

The opening of this store created 10 jobs, both part-time and full-time, and according to the store’s manager, they will be looking for even more help during their busy holiday season.

“Bistro To Go” opens in Downtown Springfield

Greater Springfield’s newest restaurant – Bistro To Go – opened September 20 with a formal ribbon-cutting at its location in the Shawnee Hotel building.

Bistro To Go occupies the space formerly occupied by Wa-Bee’s Restaurant, but the ambiance and decor are worlds away from the old downtown diner. Owners Michelle McDonald and  Jim Curry will offer a full breakfast and lunch menu that includes seasonal fruits and homemade ingredients.

The restaurant is great for downtown and will thrive especially with hungry business professionals close by. Bistro To Go hired several workers, cooks and servers as a part of this new venture, so we thank them for making new jobs available in the community. This new opening will enhance the appeal and overall structure of downtown, which is always a plus for economic development!

We welcome Bistro To Go to downtown and wish them much success in their endeavor!

>> See the article from the Springfield News-Sun

711th Human Performance Wing Civilian Employment Opportunities

On August 23, 2010 Linda George from Wright Patterson Air Force Base gave a great talk at the Greene Works Job Center in Xenia and  shared this presentation on civilian employment opportunities with the 711th Human Performance Wing. Wright-Patt is and will be continually hiring to fill their vacancies from the transfer of jobs from San Antonio, TX. For more information on these job, please view the presentation below:

Ohio Department of Development Workforce and Talent Division

Ohio’s Third Frontier Energy Program RFPs Released

As active and interested parties in the advanced energy industry and its related research, I’m pleased to inform you that the Ohio Department of Development has recently issued three Requests For Proposals (RFPs) that may be of interest.  Specifically, Development is seeking proposals in response to the following:

1) FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program RFP
http://www.development.ohio.gov/OhioThirdFrontier/FuelCellProgram.htm

We anticipate awarding up to $7 million in grants for projects that accelerate the development and growth of the fuel cell industry in Ohio by direct financial support to organizations seeking to commercialize new products, manufacturing processes or technologies, or to adapt or modify existing components or systems that can reduce the cost of fuel cell systems or address technical and commercialization barriers; or demonstrate market readiness.  All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to OTFFCP2011@development.ohio.gov, with a subject line “OTFFCP Q&A”.

2) FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Photovoltaic Program RFP
http://www.development.ohio.gov/OhioThirdFrontier/PhotovoltaicProgram.htm

We anticipate awarding up to $7 million in grants for projects that accelerate the development and growth of the photovoltaic industry in Ohio by direct financial support to organizations seeking to commercialize new products, manufacturing processes or technologies, or to adapt or modify existing components or systems that can reduce the cost of photovoltaic systems or address technical and commercialization barriers; or demonstrate market readiness.  All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to OTFPVP2011@development.ohio.gov, with a subject line “OTFPVP Q&A”.

3) FY2011 Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program RFP
http://www.development.ohio.gov/OhioThirdFrontier/AdvancedEnergyProgram.htm

We anticipate awarding up to $7 million in grants for projects that accelerate the development and growth of the advanced energy industry in Ohio by direct financial support to organizations seeking to commercialize new products, manufacturing processes or technologies, or to adapt or modify existing components or systems that can reduce the cost of advanced energy systems or address technical and commercialization barriers; or demonstrate market readiness.  All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to OTFAEP2011@development.ohio.gov, with a subject line “OTFAEP Q&A”.

Letters of Intent

Letters of Intent to file a full proposal are due by 2:00 p.m. ET on September 10, 2010.

Bidders Conference

There will be a Bidder’s Conference for prospective respondents to the RFP, at which Ohio Department of Development staff will present information on the RFP and will answer questions.  The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., August 19, 2010 at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio.  Attendance at the Bidder’s Conference is encouraged, but is not mandatory.