Norwalk seeks to restart economic engine

Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch appeared quite pleased Wednesday with the results from a series of meetings with community leaders. Lesch said the meetings, which were called "innovation forums,' started out as only one, but turned into four total get-togethers. "The program is called Restarting Our Engines,' she said. "It involved hours of people's time. The basic concept was, what can we do to restart our economic engine for the community? What can we do to spur growth in current companies?'
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 26, 2010

 

Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch appeared quite pleased Wednesday with the results from a series of meetings with community leaders.

Lesch said the meetings, which were called “innovation forums,” started out as only one, but turned into four total get-togethers. “The program is called Restarting Our Engines,” she said. “It involved hours of people’s time. The basic concept was, what can we do to restart our economic engine for the community? What can we do to spur growth in current companies?”

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JennL (Anonymous)

I checked for myself, Stan Obrenovich's name is missing from the list. I heard the Mayor say more than once, that this group included local business owners, pres. and CEO from around Norwalk.

I wonder why he was not involved? Maybe he didn't have time or didn't want to be apart of it or maybe wasn't invited? After reading his letter to the editor recently, I would think he would be a prime candidate!

I would like to attend the next disc golf tourny, could someone please keep me posted?

Kottage Kat (An...

Jenn,
Will do
Check your e-mail

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6079 Smith W (A...

See pg. 6 of the report:

'Job Creation Tax Incentives

Goal: Offer tax rebates to companies based on new employee payroll over a certain period of time (i.e.
50% rebate on $500,000 minimum payroll for 3 years).'

In economics, there's no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL), the money has to come from somewhere in order to give it to someone else.

Where's this 'incentive' money coming from? How will the loss in tax revenue be offset?

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The report also mentions the NASA airport several times.

I thought that the only way that Erie Co. would get a new airport is if Huron Co's closed?

Also in the report, I haven't read specifically how exactly possible business expansion in Erie Co. benefits Norwalk.

Reads more like 'wishful thinking'. That’s typical of bureaucratic non-specific gobbledygook.

Slayer_1974 (An...

If the city wants to help the citizens who are losing their unemployment benefits and way of life,why not start up a joint community resource where people are taught to garden and live sustainably?This will also save money for ordinary people who can grow food for themselves.Everyone should have a garden.
Easy to use rain collection systems are another feasible way for people to save on their bills and have fresh water to bath and take care of their gardens.Outdoor solar showers are a easy set-up.
People can learn how to can foods and store water.Someone can produce organic soaps,farming chickens for fresh eggs is easy.Teaching people to survive with what they have and learning various ways to live communally.Trading,bartering.
Like minded individuals should come together before the city council and make these claims.See what happens.It is a excellent idea.

JennL (Anonymous)

Slayer_1974, I asked Ken Leber at the Park and Rec about having a community garden back in the spring. They ran an ad in the NR and told me only 3 people responsed. I too, believe this would have been a great way for the community to help save money and have fresh produce. Maybe next year?

6079 Smith W (A...

Happy 4th!

From the 'Restart our Engines Summary Report', I found this sentence on pg. 11 interesting:

'State is unfriendly to business (so much red tape & regulations).'

This is confirmatory to what I have written in the past.

Unfortunately, the City is extremely limited in its ability to positively affect business development and the overall health of the business environment is heavily influenced by the actions of Columbus as well as DC.

So much of this ‘Report’ smacks of ‘wishful thinking.’

6079 Smith W (A...

@ Slayer_1974 an JennL:

IMO, what you’ve written is far more practical than what I've read so far in the ‘ROE Summary Report.’

rogerthat

Hi, Smitty! I agree with you on the airport and committees. However, I think if the Citizens Bank Building was privately owned, we would have another empty and deteriorating building in the heart of town.

6079 Smith W (A...

rogerthat wrote on Jul 4, 2010 7:34 PM:

‘However, I think if the Citizens Bank Building was privately owned, we would have another empty and deteriorating building in the heart of town.’

Your supposition remains to be seen, but if true it doesn’t speak well for the future of the city’s economy does it?

The County could perhaps seek out buyers in an attempt to privatize it, re-placing it on the tax rolls.

And then the county offices could pay rent or they could move.

Renting would fix some costs for taxpayers; it would also remove the expense of building maintenance.

Like seeing churches uptown (no property tax), having too much commercial land being publicly owned is a sure sign of economic deterioration.

Also, a majority of businesses uptown are service oriented and pay no sales taxes – also not a good sign.

You remind me: Not long ago I passed near Cairo, IL. A store clerk told me that things were so bad there economically that the state had closed the local employment office – no likelihood of jobs, why bother? Yikes!

bigwinner (Anon...

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