The “hats” speech – Springfield job growth – parts 5 (office, tech) + 6 (tourism, healthcare)

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick visited the residents of Grand Court Senior Living facility in Springfield, Ohio on March 23 to give his famous “Hats of Springfield” presentation about job growth in Clark County. This video is split into six parts. Here are parts 5 and 6:

Part 5: Paper Trails and Technology

Part 6: Tourism and Healthcare

About John Detrick
John Detrick is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.  Prior to his first election as County Commissioner in 1996, he was the owner/manager of Springfield Tire and Battery from 1970 to 1997 when the business was sold.  At its peak the business operated five outlets and had 65 employees.  Before he began working in the family business he taught at South High School and Mechanicsburg High School.  John is involved in numerous community affairs including several service organizations and St. John’s Lutheran Church.  John is the husband of Karen, the father of two grown children Dan Detrick and Kim Whitley, and grandfather of five.

John is currently serving as representative on the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board for the State of Ohio and also served on the State Board for Bike Trails for the State of Ohio. John is also involved in Junior Achievement and has helped with numerous membership fundraisers and drives. John participated in acquiring the Springview Government Center from the State of Ohio, a 91,000 square foot facility on 17 acres for $1.00.

He strongly encourages economic development in Clark County.  He is a member of the CIC Board and continually works with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. John is also affiliated with Otto Paintz which is managed by his son Dan Detrick.  He is involved in some property management. John has been involved in attracting employers such as Red Roof Inn, Assurant Group, Ritchie Brothers, MEVA, and HEF.

>> Clark County Commission Web site

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The “hats” speech – Springfield area job growth – parts 3 (auto, ag) + 4 (food)

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick visited the residents of Grand Court Senior Living facility in Springfield, Ohio on March 23 to give his famous “Hats of Springfield” presentation about job growth in Clark County. This video is split into six parts. Here are parts 3 and 4:

Part 3: Automotive and Farming

Part 4: Food Distribution

About John Detrick
John Detrick is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.  Prior to his first election as County Commissioner in 1996, he was the owner/manager of Springfield Tire and Battery from 1970 to 1997 when the business was sold.  At its peak the business operated five outlets and had 65 employees.  Before he began working in the family business he taught at South High School and Mechanicsburg High School.  John is involved in numerous community affairs including several service organizations and St. John’s Lutheran Church.  John is the husband of Karen, the father of two grown children Dan Detrick and Kim Whitley, and grandfather of five.

John is currently serving as representative on the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board for the State of Ohio and also served on the State Board for Bike Trails for the State of Ohio. John is also involved in Junior Achievement and has helped with numerous membership fundraisers and drives. John participated in acquiring the Springview Government Center from the State of Ohio, a 91,000 square foot facility on 17 acres for $1.00.

He strongly encourages economic development in Clark County.  He is a member of the CIC Board and continually works with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. John is also affiliated with Otto Paintz which is managed by his son Dan Detrick.  He is involved in some property management. John has been involved in attracting employers such as Red Roof Inn, Assurant Group, Ritchie Brothers, MEVA, and HEF.

>> Clark County Commission Web site

The “hats” speech – Springfield area job growth – parts 1 (mfg) + 2 (military)

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick visited the residents of Grand Court Senior Living facility in Springfield, Ohio on March 23 to give his famous “Hats of Springfield” presentation about job growth in Clark County. This video is split into six parts. Here are parts 1 and 2:

Part 1: Manufacturing

Part 2: Military

About John Detrick
John Detrick is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.  Prior to his first election as County Commissioner in 1996, he was the owner/manager of Springfield Tire and Battery from 1970 to 1997 when the business was sold.  At its peak the business operated five outlets and had 65 employees.  Before he began working in the family business he taught at South High School and Mechanicsburg High School.  John is involved in numerous community affairs including several service organizations and St. John’s Lutheran Church.  John is the husband of Karen, the father of two grown children Dan Detrick and Kim Whitley, and grandfather of five.

John is currently serving as representative on the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board for the State of Ohio and also served on the State Board for Bike Trails for the State of Ohio. John is also involved in Junior Achievement and has helped with numerous membership fundraisers and drives. John participated in acquiring the Springview Government Center from the State of Ohio, a 91,000 square foot facility on 17 acres for $1.00.

He strongly encourages economic development in Clark County.  He is a member of the CIC Board and continually works with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. John is also affiliated with Otto Paintz which is managed by his son Dan Detrick.  He is involved in some property management. John has been involved in attracting employers such as Red Roof Inn, Assurant Group, Ritchie Brothers, MEVA, and HEF.

>> Clark County Commission Web site

Housing Connection opens 39th house in Springfield OH

Open house for their newest house

On Wednesday, I got the opportunity to celebrate with Housing Connection, Clark County Board of Dev. Disabilities as well as TAC Industries the newest residential house for those with developmental disabilities.  It is located at 284 Buxton Ave. in the near east side of Springfield.  Melanie Bender, Path Coordinator, will be overseeing the house, its three residents and staff, making sure their needs are met.  Melanie told me how her mom helped her decorate – even the night before.  Robin Short, the manager of the Housing Connection, was on hand to give me an interview.  Cliff Meyer, head of TAC Industries, and Jenny Rousculp, head of the Board of MRDD, were also on hand to talk with me about the great things going on in Springfield for those with disabilities.  Last, but not least, Mike Halpin, Director of Community Living Services, gave me the low down on the developments with this house and its significance. 

Housing Connection history

Housing Connection was started in 1993 as an independent 501c3 with the goal of owning and operating quality living options for those with developmental disabilities.  It was an outgrowth of the movement that started in 1990 to separate services from housing.  Prior to that, most if not all options for an adult with DD was to go into a group home.  101 residents are in currently in their facilities, with about 45 more expressing a preference to live in one of their houses.  Housing Connection outsources the day-to-day staffing (people are there 24/7 as the residents need it, but not usually during the work week day as most work) to Flora Group Homes.  Housing Connection itself has 4 employees.

Details about the new house

284 Buxton represents their 39th home and is unique because it is a new home.  Most of the homes in Housing Connection’s inventory were existing homes that were modified for the special needs of its residents (larger bathrooms with handicap accommodations, etc.)  New homes is a relatively new development for the area but is desired because the house is designed to be extremely accessible from the ground up.  For example, the hallways are very wide to allow for easy turning radiuses with a wheelchair.  Another new home on State Street will be number 40. 

The new $110,000 house was made possible by an 80% grant from set-aside capital assistance funds.  The rest of the cost was financed through a 0% loan made possible by the City of Springfield.

The overall system

Mike Halpin explained to me that there are three aspects to the mission of the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) – (1) transitional services; (2) adult services; and (3) early intervention (e.g., Help Me Grow).  Community Living Services (CLS) – the part of CCBDD that he directs – gets involved in all three parts of the mission.  All in all, CCBDD serves about 1000 residents in the community.  Housing Connection is not the only housing provider, but it’s the largest.  Also, Flora Group Homes is only one of about 18-20 different agencies that provide the onsite care and meet the daily needs of residents.  If Flora doesn’t perform up to snuff, Housing Connection simply gets another provider. 

>> Pictures from event – http://bit.ly/SEPa7
>> Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities – www.clarkmrdd.org
>> Housing Connection – eligible tenant .pdf – http://bit.ly/o5EgL
>> Most recent CCBDD newsletter (Paxson Press) – http://bit.ly/uYsu6
>> Google Maps (284 Buxton) – http://bit.ly/13ijEv

$8.7M Clark County library a great place to visit

View of Clark County Library main building from the rear

View of Clark County Library main building from the rear

After a visit to the Farmers’ Market and the Heritage Center, my family and I visited the Clark County Public Library.  Although I had visited it briefly as part of the Leadership Clark County program, this was the first time I went to spend some time and explore. 

Basic facts about the library

The library is indeed impressive.  In 1989, the main library moved to its new 60,000 sf facility (now valued at $8.7M) at 201 S. Fountain Ave.  The library has five locations throughout Clark County as well as two bookmobiles that cover 41 community stops, 7 schools, 14 daycare centers and 5 Head Start Programs.  The library’s collection includes over 500,000 books, 425 magazine subscriptions, 7,000 videotapes, 4,000 CDs, 3,000 DVDs and framed art.  Over 1 million items are circulated annually, and over 30,000 people visit the library on a weekly basis.

What we enjoyed 

Upon entering the library, there is a great rotunda area, as impressive as the stats about the library itself.  You then pass through another set of doors to the main level, which has a very high ceiling and a lot of light coming in.  In particular, Grace and I loved the children’s section, which is its own wing, with children-sized furniture, internet access for kids, as well as a special Teens room.  All of it is comfortable and very well done.

Cindy checked out a book on George Rogers Clark, and I checked one out on the early history of Springfield.  I suppose the visit to the Heritage Center moments before had put us in such a mood.  A great place to explore.   We will be back.

>> Pictures of my visit on Flickr – http://bit.ly/jRJsP
>> Library homepage – www.ccpl.lib.oh.us
>> Online Highways’ page – http://bit.ly/WYrEI
>> SpringfieldOhio.net page – http://bit.ly/MpfYr
>> Wikipedia article on the library – http://bit.ly/Z2DN3