Sunday, October 31, 2004

Townships, I-71 corridor may get business recruiter


Deerfield, Symmes foresee hire by area's chamber

By Erica Solvig
Enquirer staff writer

Deerfield and Symmes townships are talking with the local chamber of commerce about hiring a business recruiter.

The Northeast Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce would hire the recruiter, but the townships would contribute to an estimated $40,000 to $50,000 salary, Symmes Township Administrator Jerry Beckman said at a recent township work session.

"It's not happening now - they don't have anybody assigned particularly to the economic development issues," Chamber President John Harris said. "This manager will be a 'go-to' and act as a liaison for small and large businesses. The major emphasis will be on retention."

Neither Symmes nor Deerfield has an employee dedicated to recruitment. However Mason, the only city within the chamber's focus along Interstate 71, has a three-person staff focusing on business recruitment and retention.

Harris said the employee's responsibilities would extend to "the unincorporated areas." That could include nearby Hamilton Township, which was approached about a month ago by Deerfield Township officials.

Harris said the chamber has noticed a need for years. But recently, the three entities have been floating the idea of hiring someone during the first quarter of 2005.

"It would help I think to have someone there who is dedicated to resolving some particular complaints," Deerfield Township Administrator Greg Horwedel said. "But we don't have the available general fund dollars here. ... If we did it in partnership with two or three entities, that would be great because our costs would be reduced."

Sheila McLaughlin contributed to this story.

E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com




ELECTION 2004
Election paranoia running rampant
Final push: Get voters excited
A survival guide to voting in Ohio (PDF file, 12k)
Rallies, caravans, calls: Voting day must be near
Bin Laden tape fodder in presidential contest
Electoral College 'tied,' too
Contract officer warned against Halliburton deal
Cheney to woo Aloha State
Gore gets lei before VP does
On the streets, door to door, citizens rally for school issues
Direct mail still potent for candidates
Remember my name!
Campaign notebook
Voters anxious for election
Some candidates endorse Ky. importing drugs from Canada
Getting out all the votes
Lakeside Park candidates oppose possibility of merger
Parties seek gains Tuesday in Ky.'s divided legislature
Amendment won't be last word, foes say
Voters turn to Bible for ballot guidance
Senate campaign comes down to barbs over Ten Commandments
Election 2004 section

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Police seek 3 men suspected in break-in, assault
National Guard tries new ways to entice recruits
As DNA backlog clears, Ohio police get leads in 210 cases
Pregnant smokers studied
Woman shot in sister's Price Hill apt. dies
Ethical concerns focus on eye surgery
Local news briefs

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Boone aims to keep road from slipping into river
Family that kickboxes together stays together
Property value, tax soar
Pa. firm to design bridge linking Louisville, Indiana
Private prison not fined over violations, paper says
Northern Kentucky news briefs

EDUCATION
Schools hope to keep gains while cutting staff
Staff-trimming always painful
'It's a great day at Dixie' and enrollment proves it

NEIGHBORS
It took a village to free her
Loveland rolls back property tax 1 mill
Townships, I-71 corridor may get business recruiter

LIVES REMEMBERED
Bob Patterson, former CCD English teacher
Realty firm co-founder Thomas Duffy
Mary LaVelle keeper of keys at church
Richard K. Fritsche, 84, model maker

ENQUIRER COLUMNS
Crowley: GOP forfeits high ground in Senate race
Bronson: Guide to Iraq
Catwalk's not for cats