Ohio Attorney General Heroin Resource Guide

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has provided an updated resource titled:  Heroin Unit Community Solutions Guide.  This document contains a detailed list of state and local resources and is divided into the topic areas of Awareness, Education, and Prevention; Treatment and Recovery Support; Criminal Justice; Legislation; and Funding.   This affects every city in Ohio, and the information is useful, so I wanted to pass along the resource to any residents that may be dealing with addiction and drug abuse.

The link is below.


In addition, the Ohio Mayors Alliance also met recently to share information and strategies on coping with the opioid epidemic statewide.  See their information below:

Ohio Mayors Alliance

2016 Middletown Division of Fire Annual Report

We’re proud to share the 2016 Middletown Division of Fire Annual Report, which documents the Fire Department’s activities throughout 2016, with you.

In 2016, you may remember us sharing on social media that the Middletown Division of Fire was granted the SAFER grant from the federal government, which allowed us to bring on 12 more firefighters/EMTs at a cost of $1.8 million over 2 years. We were also able to hire two additional firefighters/EMTs from the City’s General Fund. The Middletown Division of Fire also granted several promotions throughout 2016.

In 2016, the Middletown Division of Fire also launched the Investigation Task Force. This task force is made of both firefighter investigators and MPD detectives who have completed specific training into fire and arson investigations. The task force has seen a lot of success and further shows the excellent teamwork and cooperation between the Middletown Division of Fire and the Middletown Division of Police.

To read the full 2016 Annual Report, click here!


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs #2

I had a question on the previous post as to where all of these jobs are that are open in the area.   If you are looking for work, check out these great area companies. This is the listing that the Chamber of Commerce published recently of local area companies looking for workers:

Local Employment Opportunities

Yahoo also published an interesting report showing that the labor market continues to tighten with employers looking for record numbers of workers.

There have never been more jobs available in America

Hopefully Middletown will continue to make progress both in filling existing job openings and in recruiting new companies to the City.

Castell Building Update

We are excited to share the following updates that are happening at the Castell Building in Downtown Middletown, located at 1126 Central Avenue. Take a look!

First Floor

2,970 sq feet: “Blast Furnace Pizza” Estimated to be open September/Oct 2017. This space has been empty for 20 years. electric and plumbing work was essential. Currently, dry wall is being installed along with a drive-thru. The restaurant will also have a wine-themed banquet space in the basement (Cellar 7,672 sq feet) that can be a great setting for rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and more. It will be an AK-themed family restaurant with a focus being on being a hang-out for all.

Next Door at 1122 Central Av. (1,175 sq ft) Organic Restaurant: a restaurant with a focus on healthy but tasty dishes. We can’t release the name of the restaurant yet, but it is estimated to open August/September 2017.
2nd and 3rd floor

2nd floor: 7,672 sq feet, 3rd Floor: 7,022 sq feet

Kingswell Seminary: On track to become an accredited Missional Seminary by 2020. Kingswell’s mission and purpose here is to nurture and cultivate missional leaders and community in areas between Cincinnati and Dayton.  Kingswell executes this mission by training leaders through learning communities, then offering these leaders the opportunity to experiment by cultivating missional communities in unchartered contexts (i.e., their neighborhoods, local coffee shops, pubs, community centers, work place, new church plants – you name it – a place in their context).

New Atrium in Rear of Building: 650sq ft

This is previously open to outside. It is now enclosed it and will be opening each floor to a ground floor with balconies to top floor lined with live botanical and cooking herbs free to all downtown restaurants. It will also have park benches and cafe tables for all to enjoy year round.


SkillsCon 2017

We’d like to invite all Middletown young adults, ages 18-24, to consider attending the 2017 SkillsCon career expo and job fair. SkillsCon is designed to showcase all of the extraordinary manufacturing and construction jobs and careers that are available in our local area. All of the jobs and career opportunities that will be present at SkillsCon are available in Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties.

SkillsCon 2017 will be happening on Wednesday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Fair Village Mall (formerly the Cincinnati Mills Mall) in Fairfield.

For those who are interested, please contact Adam Jones with the Workforce Development Board of Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties at 513-667-7327 or at adam.jones@jfs.ohio.gov.

Follow the link below to register:





Jobs, Jobs Jobs….

I’ve heard many times that if I would just bring more manufacturing jobs back to Middletown, this blue collar town would rebound just fine.   We are always on the lookout for new opportunities but the problem right this minute isn’t adding jobs, it’s getting existing jobs filled.

The Journal ran a nice article detailing the problem local manufacturers are facing filling existing open positions.

Manufacturers desperate for workers of the future

The Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, which represents 14 local counties, reports that local manufacturers are trying to fill between 3,400 – 4,000 manufacturing jobs each year in the area.  Our Middletown manufacturers are all hiring at this time.  In addition, the last time I talked to Atrium Medical Center, they had an additional 300 open, unfilled positions at the hospital.

Bringing additional jobs here means we all (government, business and the community) are going to have to be very creative in how we bring new people to Middletown to work.  It’s a Middletown, a southwest Ohio and a Statewide shortage of incoming new talent.

The  City is looking at adding new bus routes from neighboring communities to start opening up additional transportation options to bring workers to the City.  Our existing housing policies and housing stock will also play a part in our success or our failure.  People generally want to live close to where they work, and it is critical that we have attractive housing available in all price ranges to make this an attractive community to live, work and play in.

Schools, jobs, and the city are all intertwined.  None can be fully successful without all three functioning well.