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The Huron County Development Council strives to keep you up to date on what’s happening at HCDC and throughout Huron County.  In support of our businesses and communities, we are more than happy to share your special news and events. 

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Huron County Land Bank

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On May 3, 2018, the Ohio Secretary of State approved the articles of incorporation creating the Huron County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank).  The Land Bank held its organizational meeting on August 3, 2018 adopting the internal documents governing the newly-formed corporation.
 
The mission of the Huron County Land Bank is “the preservation, restoration or disposal of abandoned or foreclosed properties.  To strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals, and improve the quality of life for Huron County residents”
 
The Huron County Land Bank Board consists of nine individuals.  Board configuration is defined in the Ohio Revised Code.  Serving on the Huron County Land Bank Board are:
Statutory-appointed Directors:  Kathleen Shaffer, Huron County Treasurer; Bruce “Skip” Wilde, Huron County Commissioner; Joe Hintz, Huron County Commissioner; Municipal Representative:  Mitch Loughton, City of Norwalk; Appointed Directors: Richard “Dick” Wiles, Township Trustee; Dave Freitag, Bellevue Treasurer & CEO Firelands Association of Realtors; Shawn Pickworth, New London Village Administrator; Jim Ludban, Willard City Manager; and Joe Hintz, Huron County Commissioner.
 
Since its creation, the Land Bank has been developing Policies & Procedures, programs and the necessary forms to effectively accomplish its mission.  To date, the Land Bank has not acquired any properties.   
 
The Huron County Land Bank entered into a contract with the Huron County Development Council to administer the land bank.  At the October 2018 Ohio Land Bank Conference, Carol Knapp was elected to serve on the board of the newly-created Ohio Land Bank Association.  Questions regarding the Land Bank can be directed to Carol A. Knapp, Executive Director at 419-663-4232 / 419-577-1320 or by email at econdirector@hcdc.net

New London CRA-New London Creates Community Reinvestment Area

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In January 2017, the Village of New London applied to the State of Ohio to create a Community Reinvestment Area for the entire village. 

The Ohio Community Reinvestment Area program is an economic development tool administered by municipal government that provides real property tax exemptions for property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. Community Reinvestment Areas are areas of land in which property owners can receive tax incentives for investing in real property improvements.

Residential, commercial, and industrial projects can apply for tax incentives under the CRA Program.


Congratulations to the Village of New London for having the vision to add this program to their economic development toolbox! 

Firelands Electric CRA-New London Community Reinvestment Area

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Firelands Electric Cooperative is the first business in New London to take advantage of the newly created Community Reinvestment Area.

Firelands Electric desired to build a new facility and chose New London for the site of that facility due in part to the availability of the CRA.  The Village of New London, New London Local Schools, and EHOVE Career Center negotiated a CRA agreement that allowed the project to move forward in the village.  Firelands Electric Cooperative's new building is located in the White Industrial Park - Industrial Parkway, New London.  Ground breaking took place in the fall of 2017. 

Huron County Transportation

Improvement District

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In 2016, Huron County created a Transportation Improvement District.  The creation of this district provides the opportunity for additional funding for transportation-related projects that positively impact economic development and the creation or retention of jobs in the county.  The Huron County Development Council administers the Transportation Improvement District for the county. 

Two Huron County Projects Receive Funding

In May 2017, HCDC submitted two applications to the Ohio Department of Transportation's Jobs & Commerce Department for potential Transportation Improvement District funding.  In June 2017, HCDC was advised that both projects were approved for funding under this competitive program!

A Norwalk/Huron County cooperative project was presented to the T-I-D Board for its consideration.  The project involves much-needed improvements to Old State Road.  A New London project presented to the T-I-D Board for considered involves an extension of Industrial Parkway.  The T-I-D Board recommended both projects be submitted to ODOT for potential funding.  End result - both projects received funding!

A special thank you to the Huron County Board of Commissioners for creating this Transportation Improvement District which provides an additional funding opportunity for our economic development efforts!

Willard Creates City-Wide

Community Reinvestment Area

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The City of Willard recently received approval for the creation of a city-wide Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) from the Ohio Development Services Agency. 

The Ohio Community Reinvestment Area program is an economic development tool administered by municipal government that provides real property tax exemptions for property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. Community Reinvestment Areas are areas of land in which property owners can receive tax incentives for investing in real property improvements.

Residential, commercial, and industrial projects can apply for tax incentives under the CRA Program.

The City of Willard desires to encourage new residential owner-occupied construction.  The city-wide CRA will assist with this effort.  Congratulations to the City of Willard for expanding their CRA area to include the entire City!


 

 The HCDC Events

Events and activities happening around Huron County!

Calendar is located on the “home” page.

 

20th Annual HCDC Golf Outing

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August 21, 2019 Huron County Development Council held out 20th Annual Golf Outing at Millstone Hills Golf Course in New London.

We had an amazing group of golfers, volunteers, and sponsors and made it one of our most successful events!

Thank you to everyone that made this event a success.

Future Makers Event - 2018

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Freshmen from area schools, sophomores from EHOVE Explore STEM and EHOVE Career Exploration, and EHOVE staff explored interactive, hands on stations with some of the area's largest manufacturers. They learned about the high demand for skilled tradespeople and the excellent opportunities available for future career pathways. Event by EHOVE Career Center, Erie County Economic Development Corporation and Huron County Development Council.

Participating Schools: Edison Local School District, Huron City Schools, Vermilion Local School District, New London Local Schools, Danbury Local Schools, Sandusky City Schools, St. Paul High School-Norwalk Catholic School, Perkins Local Schools, Western Reserve Schools, Norwalk City School District, South Central Schools, Monroeville Eagles, Margaretta Local Schools, Townsend Community School, and Willard City Schools.

Participating Employers: Cedar Point, Freudenberg NOK, Sheet Metal Workers #33, Cleveland JATC, MTD Products, LEWCO, Inc., Olympus, O E Meyer Co., Bettcher Industries, Inc., JBT FoodTech, MetalTek International - Sandusky, Hanson Aggregates Midwest Inc, Mechanical Contractors of North Central Ohio, AutoGate, Pepperidge Farm, Lorain County Electrical JATC, CertainTeed, PPG, Janotta & Herner, Borgers SE & Co. KGaA, @Northern Manufacturing Co., U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC, Wilbert Plastics, Painters Supply and Equipment and RheTech Colors. 

Ohio Flags Of Honor Traveling Memorial

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The Ohio Flags Of Honor Traveling Memorial honors the men and women of Ohio who have given their lives in service to their country.

This event took place in Willard, Ohio with opening ceremonies on June 28, 2019 and closing ceremony on June 30, 2019.

Visit The Ohio Flags Of Honor Traveling Memorial Website for their memorial schedule here