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State of the City Address 2013

State of the City Address 2013

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State of the City Address 2013 for Newark, Ohio, delivered Jan. 7 by Mayor Jeff Hall.
State of the City Address 2013 for Newark, Ohio, delivered Jan. 7 by Mayor Jeff Hall.

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Newark State of The City AddressJanuary 7, 2013Mayor Jeff Hall
Good Evening. Tonight I am pleased to report on the state of our great city -Newark.
The 2010 census listed Newark’s population at 47,573, which makes us
the 20
largest city in Ohio. While we are not a small town, we do enjoy thecomforts a smaller community has to offer. This is important as we guide Newarkinto the future.Having been in office only one year, our new Administration has worked diligentlyin sh
ort order to change the “culture of local government” and focus o
urresources in a most efficient, yet productive manner.We have achieved gains by operating in a teamwork fashion with emphasis oncommunication, financial planning and due diligence through research and opendialogue. I sought the office of Mayor because, like you, I love our city and wantto see it achieve its full potential.As we begin 2013, I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous NewYear!First off, I am proud and happy to announce that Owens Corning will be addingapproximately 100 to 125 jobs to the Newark facility. This puts people to workand creates revenue for our City. Our Economic Development staff along with ourCIC, Newark Development Partners, will continue a strong working relationshipwith Owens Corning to retain these positions and work to create even more jobs.One year ago, I sat here and spoke about five keys areas we would focus on tomake Newark an even better city to live, work and raise our children. These fiveareas are:
Maintain strong safety forces
Strengthen our neighborhoods
Promote effective economic development
Support local schools
Improve government operationsI will now speak about accomplishments in each of these areas and what toexpect for the New Year.
Maintain Strong Safety Forces
I often say that our residents choose to live in a smaller town to enjoy anatmosphere of less crime and a greater sense of security. We go to sleep eachevening knowing that if trouble should arise, our local safety forces will respondto help provide us with the protection we need. I am proud to say that ourNewark Fire Department and Newark Police Department each provide thoseservices in a professional manner. Capital Improvement dollars were used thispast year to purchase eight new police cruisers and order two new fire medicunits to improve dependability by replacing aging vehicles. Our fire departmentproudly received its CFAI accreditation through many hours of hard work andpreparation. Through open communication with our safety departments, weconstantly strive to develop additional efficiencies to maintain strong forces withthe challenges of ever-rising costs.
Strengthen our neighborhoods
Safety Director Bill Spurgeon and our Property Maintenance Department workedclosely with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
’s staff 
to issue nearly fiftydemolition orders to tear down vacated and dilapidated houses throughout ourcommunity. This was acco
mplished with funds from AG DeWine’s Moving Ohio
Forward Grant using non-tax dollars to improve our neighborhoods. Theseresidential structures were beyond repair and were a haven for crime and unsafe
conditions. Through the demolition of these properties, we have reduced aburden on our safety forces, helped stabilize neighborhood property values andallowed our Property Maintenance Department to focus on other areas of need.Fines have been levied throughout the year on property maintenance violators. Astrong emphasis will continue to be put on Safe Neighborhoods!
Promote effective economic development
During this past year, along with an economic development team with individualsfrom the Newark Department of Development, the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, the Licking County CIC-Grow Licking County, the Ohio Department of Development, JobsOhio and Columbus 2020, I have participated in proactivemeetings on-location at companies such as Owens-Corning, Hollophane, PCA,Arvin Meritor, and AmorSource to discuss job retention and growth. As Imentioned in my opening, I am thrilled that Owens Corning will be adding over100 jobs to our Newark facility. I wish to thank everyone involved through thisprocess and especially thank the Owens Corning Company for their continuedsupport in our local area.Retention and job-growth efforts across all local industries will remain a toppriority of Development Director Mark Mauter and Stuart Moynihan.A strong relationship will remain intact with the non-profit and privatecompanies, along with services organizations throughout the area such as theLicking County YMCA, the Licking County Foundation, the Downtown NewarkAssociation, and all the United Way services agencies to help improve ourcommunity.The Newark CIC-Newark Development Partners, is moving forward and iscurrently in the process of selecting an Executive Director to lead the way forfocused economic growth in Newark. While the national economy remainsfragile, we must plan and be poised to address the needs of our local economy.

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