Carroll County Meets with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and House Rep. Andy Thompson
October 13, 2016
Carroll County met with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and House Rep. Andy Thompson to discuss difficulties faced being an appalachian county. Lt. Gov. Taylor started the meeting by explaining her background and what her goals are in her political position. Carroll County's Economic Development Assistant Director, Tait Carter, gave a brief update on Centreville Village, Diversified Concrete and the two new schools in Carroll County. She also stressed the importance of the Route 43 Northern Corridor currently moving forward in the grants/loans process. Carter explained that without this expansion of infrastructure, the county will not more forward and will essentially have no chance of economic development in the future. Mike Jacoby of APEG gave an update on three new natural-gas-fired plants that have been announced in Ohio; Emberclear in Harrison County, Apex in Guernsey County and Advanced Power in Columbiana County. (Advanced Power is the parent company to Carroll County Energy). Ohio Oil & Gas Association representative, Shawn Bennett, said that oil prices are increasing at a slow and steady pace. Mike Murphy from Carroll County Energy thanked the local key players in helping and welcoming the power plant to the Carrollton area. Murphy explained how "at-home" he feels in this area and could not have asked for a better experience. They currently have 800 local union workers on site. Colfor Manufacturing's top management team, Tom Fry and Jason Lowe, spoke about their recent investments totalling over $10 million. They welcomed anyone and everyone to come visit and sit down to talk with them about their next big projects. ODOT Ditrcit 11's Director, Lloyd MacAdam, explained the importance of Rt. 30 and how crucial it is to the Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties.
From left to right: Nick D'Angelo - JobsOhio, Lynn Anderson, Tom Fry - Colfor, Jason Lowe - Colfor, Amy Rutledge - Carroll County Chamber, Bill Stoneman - Carrollton Mayor, Cindi Metz - OMEGA, Tait Carter - Carroll County Economic Development, Mary Taylor - Lt. Gov., Andy Thompson - House Rep., Shawn Bennett - OOGA, Lloyd MacAdam - ODOT, Glenn Enslen - Carroll County Economic Development, Jeff Ohler - Carroll County Commissioner, Mike Murphy - Carroll County Energy, Shannon Travis - Carroll County Energy, Mark Wells - Carrollton Village Administrator, Mike Jacoby - APEG