National Economic Development Week kicks off today and runs May 8 – May 15, 2017. So, why is that important and why should you care?
National Economic Development Week was initially created to help raise awareness for your local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase quality of life.
Over the past few years here in Middletown, we have seen enormous amounts of economic development growth that impacts your daily life as a citizen of Middletown, whether it be directly or indirectly. We have seen the start of the construction to the new apartments at the Goetz Tower in Downtown Middletown; the groundbreaking, construction, and completion of the new AK Steel Research and Innovation Center; the groundbreaking and construction of the new NTE Energy Power Plant (expected completion 2018); and most recently, we have seen the groundbreaking for the new Kettering Health Network outpatient facility, which is expected to open in 2018.
On a local scale, Middletown has seen over 20 new small businesses open in the heart of Downtown Middletown, bringing locally-made products and services right to your backyard. Not only are your local small businesses great, they’re backed by the best Small Business Development Center in the country: Middletown’s Small Business Development Center was recently named the Best SBDC of 2017, making it the first Ohio SBDC to win the national award.
Each of these economic development advances bring new jobs and increases in local income tax to Middletown, which, through a series of twists and turns, improves upon the quality of life here in Middletown. Projects such as these are what ultimately allow us to fix Middletown’s roads, improve upon recreational opportunities, and give our much-beloved downtown district a 21st century face lift.
All of our daily lives are impacted each day by our city’s economic development advances. Take a moment during National Economic Development Week to think about how Middletown’s economic development has impacted your life here in Middletown, and share it on social media using #EDW17 and #EconDevWeek.