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Welcome to Whitehall Works! We’ve created this podcast to highlight the comeback story that the City of Whitehall is experiencing.

Join Zach and Jenna monthly as they host special guests from other local governments and community organizations, to talk about the many economic development related topics that are important both to Whitehall and the entire Central Ohio region. 

That’s part of the reason we named this podcast Whitehall Works. The City of Whitehall is working with a lot of different partners on transportation, affordable housing and workforce development. These are just some of the important topics that not only the City of Whitehall is working on, but everyone needs to work on.

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Latest Episode: Live at the OEDA Annual Summit

    Episode 6 Show Notes

    The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA), like many other organizations at this time during COVID-19, held their annual summit virtually.

    And so we recorded our podcast audio while we held our video session via Zoom during the 2020 Virtual OEDA Annual Summit.

    The theme for this year’s summit was Moving The Needle. We also included our session overview with a link here, with our focus being on The Broad And Hamilton Redevelopment Zone.

    To illustrate how Whitehall has come to the point of developing a key intersection in Central Ohio, there have been many pieces to this puzzle, or many moves of the Rubik’s cube, if you will, to change the face and perception of our community.

    In this episode, we run through a few of the key areas where the City is working on moving the needle.

    Housing

    • At the beginning of September, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released the results of their Regional Housing Study, which clearly defines the core housing issues the Central Ohio region is facing as we are expect over 700,000 new residents between now and 2050.
      • The study calculates that 11,000 new residential units will need to be developed annually to keep up with the new demand.

    Business

    • Just for reference, we are a City of about 19,000 residents with 650 Businesses and 33,000 jobs
    • Since 2011, the City has grown income tax revenue $6.5 million annually
    • More than 114 Million economic investments per square mile invested since 2010
    • More than $228 million of taxable income, payroll, and business profit have been added since January 2012
    • 2,300 jobs added since January 2012
    • From a business retention and attraction standpoint, bringing in new business has given us more leverage for new development to occur

    Safety

    In 2017, the Division of Police implemented its first three-year Safer Whitehall Strategic Plan and is in the process of adopting the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan.
    The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan set in motion the new “A Safer Whitehall Initiative”. During the 3-year period, the City has had a:

    • 27% Drop in violent crime
    • 38% Drop in robberies
    • 46% Drop in burglaries

    Recreation

    • 2017 was a big year of implementing new strategies at the City! Since 2017 we have seen a:
      • 230% spike in program participants
      • 7 Ohio Parks & Recreation Association Awards

    Tying It Together

    Four components have put us in a position to move the needle for the next decade, and we cover these in detail in this episode.

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