Congratulations, Middletown Small Business Development Center!

We here at the City of Middletown are thrilled to share that our Small Business Development Center has been nationally chosen as the 2017 Small Business Development Center of the Year with Director David Riggs at the helm in the Middletown office. This means that not only did your local Small Business Development Center earn the title of the best of 27 centers in Ohio, they were selected as the best SBDC of 1,000 centers across the country. Our SBDC was also the first center in Ohio to ever win the national award. That’s a pretty big deal!

The Small Business Development Center serves as a valuable asset to the public: it is open to meeting with anyone who has a viable business idea for Middletown. The SBDC will sit down with you, listen to your business idea, and assist you in stepping in the right direction in making your business idea a reality.

The Middletown Small Business Development Center is located in the City of Middletown Municipal Building on the second floor. It is open during regular business hours; however, our SBDC is a partnership with Hamilton – if you do not make an appointment, there is a chance David will be in Hamilton when you visit our building.

Way to go, SBDC!


New Distribution Center in MADE

The Journal News ran a nice article on the new 612,730 square foot distribution center being developed in the MADE Industrial Park.   The $16 million facility will host between 150 to 350 jobs with an estimated payroll ranging from $3.5 million to $11 million.

These are types of projects that bring in the revenue needed to get back to paving roads on an annual basis.  A great win for the City.    Thank you to my Economic  Development team for a job well done and thanks to my predecessors for having the foresight to make roadwork changes on Oxford State, Yankee and Salzman that make it much easier to get raw materials in and finished goods out of the area.

For a full reading of the article including a rendering of the new facility, see:

Butler County Community Health Survey

Butler County is looking for community input in their latest health survey, and they’re looking for your help!

REV Community Health Survey flyer

The survey will help the Butler County Department of Public Health, along with community partners such as the City of Middletown Department of Health, determine which health issues are most prominent in the community, and which can be addressed through further community action.

The survey will only take 5-10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Please take a moment to give back to the community and complete the survey here! The survey is also available in Spanish here.

Hillbilly Elegy Author Coming Home

By now, many of us are familiar with J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy, which thrust Middletown into the national spotlight in recent months. It painted us in a false light: economically unstable, low work ethic, etc. and drove us to prove even further that Middletown is on the rise, with 23 new businesses opening in the downtown district alone in 2016.

We’re delighted to read that not only has Vance chosen to return home to Ohio, but he cites Middletown’s own Ami Vitori as one of the reasons why: Ami is the force behind the purchase and renovation of the TV Middletown building in the heart of the downtown district, now known as Haven Yoga Studio, MC Hair Salon, Gracie’s restaurant, and more. The Torchlight Pass building is now one more of the staples in Downtown Middletown that demonstrate that Middletown is on the rise, and that 2017 is shaping up to look just as successful as 2016 was for us – if not even more successful.

You can read Vance’s full article in the New York Times here:

Morning Session of the All-American Expo Open to Students and Employers!

If you are a student looking to launch your career or you are an employer looking for new talent to fill your open positions, the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe invites you to stop by their All-American Expo. The Expo aims to introduce students to new, local career opportunities, prepare students for their futures, build a pipeline of future employers for students, and improve the community as a whole. The Expo will be on Thursday, March 23 at the Miami Middletown Campus. Please note that the morning session (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) is for students and employers only, not the general public.

For employers: you’ll get to show off a display of your company, your products, and your reasons for why students should be interested in working for you. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with new Middletown talent one-on-one and expose them to their potential future career for the first time.

For students: you’ll have a chance to individually wow employers, learn which skills employers value, and learn more about what careers are currently in-demand.

The Chamber is looking for students from:

  • Edgewood High School
  • Middletown Christian
  • Butler Tech
  • Fenwick High School
  • Middletown High School
  • Cincinnati State
  • Miami University Middletown
  • Monroe High School
  • Madison High School


Students can expect to see the following among the many employers  at the Expo:

  • AK Steel
  • Atrium Medical Center
  • Cox Media Group
  • Downtown Middletown, Inc.
  • First Financial Bank
  • Greater Miami Valley YMCA
  • Middletown TubeWorks, Inc.
  • MidPointe Library System
  • MillerCoors
  • US Air Force

For more information and to register for the Expo, please contact the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe at 513-422-4551.


Community Visioning Process

The Community Building Institute and Middletown Moving Forward presented their Community Visioning report to City Council at last night’s meeting.

I’ve talked extensively on this blog about what we need to get back to paving streets and providing the best quality services to our residents again.   That’s the need piece.

The visioning process is the want piece.   What do we want as a community to enjoy living, working and playing in Middletown?

Ideas for the visioning process were organized into six areas:

  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
  • Education
  • Health, Wellness, and Safety
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Jobs, Economy and Commerce
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

As with the Downtown Master Plan, Council will be given time to read, digest and ask questions about the visioning process and then asked whether they wish to adopt the document as part of our city Master Plan process.

The great thing I saw last night was that the visioning was consistent with the Downtown Plan already completed.  We are starting to get a common vision for how the city should be operating into the future.

To see the report given by CBI and MMF, click on the link below.

To see their presentation to City Council last night, click on this link:

This is the beginning of the process, not the end.  After you’ve had time to review the documents and ideas, feel free to post comments, good and bad, about what you like, agree with, or don’t like and don’t agree with.   No idea is dumb and no viewpoint is wrong.

Have a great week!