Positive Middletown Press in the Region

There were two great stories in the regional press recently showcasing great things going on in Middletown!

Cincy Chic ran a nice article about Family Movie Nights in Middletown on May 1st!Middletown Family Movie Nights

At St. John XXIII, 21 girls, 9 boys and principal Mrs. Pickerill cut their hair to support Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  This program supports those who are battling cancer.  Channel 12 covered the story in the link below.  See also the link to the Pantene support web page!.

http://local12.com/news/local/students-in-middletown-donate-hair-to-cancer-patients

http://gotobeautifullengths.com/

Thanks for our partners on Family Movie Night and to St. John XXIII for making Middletown look great!

Economic Development Week

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, constructsplashion, 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.

 

Welcome, Kettering Health Network!

If you’re wondering what construction is taking place at the site of the old Reyton Inn – located at St. Rt. 122 near I-75 – it is the site of the incoming Kettering Health Network building, a $30 million project that will sit on 15 acres of land right at the Middletown exit of I-75 North.

The facility is to be called Kettering Middletown and is expected to open in 2018, as Kettering Health Network celebrated their groundbreaking on May 2. It is expected to serve as a full service outpatient emergency department and diagnostic facility, and is expected to bring 110 new jobs to Middletown.

To read more about the incoming center, click here.

Area Water and Sewer Rates

The City of Oakwood Ohio annually lists southwest Ohio water and sewer rates for all area communities.   Below are the results from the 2017 survey.

I try to keep things real here.  Our water rates continue to be competitive.  Our sewer rates continue to climb as we work on replacing older pipes, make upgrades to our aging water and sewer plants and start to implement the long term control plan.

This isn’t all good news, but I want you to see where we rank around southwest Ohio.  More information helps people understand where they stand and what is happening.

I understand and appreciate the burden that higher rates put on lower and fixed income families.  I hope that we do a good job moving forward showing you where the money is going and what repairs and changes are being made with the increased rates collected.

Have a great week.

Year 2017 Annual Survey: WATER COST

Year 2017 Annual Survey: SEWER COST

Year 2017 Annual Survey: COMBINED WATER AND SEWER COST

Middletown Special Olympics

This year, Middletown City Schools hosted the 47th Annual Middletown Special Olympics at Barnitz Stadium. It was a pleasure to attend, with students from our local schools coming out to compete in various track-and-field style events.

The students kicked off the morning with a parade and Team FasTrax jumped into Barnitz with the American flag. After that, the students participated in different events such as the 100-meter dash, softball toss, soccer, and more.

They also had the opportunity to meet fellow students who would typically be at a different school and local public safety officers as well.

We couldn’t have asked for a better morning for the kids to get out and play. Thank you to Middletown City Schools for putting on such a great event!

Middletown Cemetery Self Guided Tour

 

If you’d like to learn more about Middletown and its founders, take some weekend afternoon and stop by the Middletown Cemetery to take the Self-Guided Tour of the cemetery.  Middletown Cemetery is located on First Avenue and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Guidebooks like the one below are available in the box in front of the restored burial vault.  Our thanks for Alliance Printing for their donation of the guidebooks, and thanks to the Cemetery Board for restoring the vault and for their work preserving Middletown’s history.

 

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