Local Business and ED News 2010
Wyandot Solar Construction
This video shows the construction of the Wyandot Solar project.
Wyandot Solar from the Ground!
Buy into Community: The Carey Mercantile Downtown Retail Project
A local group is planning to create a community-owned retail store in Carey. It's a for-profit store and it will be asking residents of Wyandot County and the rest of Ohio – to buy shares of stock. The store, which will likely locate on E. Findlay Street, will be called Carey Mercantile, and will sell clothing, accessories, gifts and miscellaneous items for men, women and children. It will include special sections for items made in Wyandot County, the state of Ohio and the U.S.A. The key to all of this, of course, is the concept that "this store belongs to the community." If you are a shareholder, you might be more interested in being involved in that store, shopping there, and making it a successful fixture in our community.
The store will be modeled after a store in Powell, Wyo., which has been in existence since 2002 and has turned a profit all but one year. The Powell Mercantile has inspired other communities to take matters into their own hands. The folks at Powell have been especially helpful in offering advice and encouragement for the Carey project.
Two board members from the Carey Mercantile met with an attorney last week and filed papers for incorporation. They are now in the process of gathering the necessary information on securities so they can begin selling stock in the near future. Shares will be priced at $500 each with a maximum of 20 shares per person. Interim board members of Carey Mercantile include Tom Eyestone, Ron Dunn, Barb Coppler, Angel Tackett, Steve Frederick, Esther Worst and Steve Zender. If you are interested in offering input or having your name listed as a potential stockholder, get in touch with any of the board members listed above, or contact The Progressor-Times at 419-396-7567.
$8 million in Recovery Act Energy Efficiency
Resources Mobilized in Ohio
Making Efficiency Work seeks eligible applicants for energy efficiency improvements in multi-family, commercial, and institutional buildings located in Ohio. Eligible activities include the installation of energy efficiency equipment and measures, including more energy efficient lighting such as LED and day-lighting techniques, HVAC upgrades, weather sealing, more energy-efficient windows and doors, ENERGY STAR appliances, and geothermal heat pumps. Funding is also available for energy audits and commissioning projects that result in energy efficiency upgrades within 12 months and exceed energy code pilot projects within existing buildings.For mor details on this funding announcement click here.
Rural Energy for America Program
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is here to help again. REAP is designed to promote rural small business and agricultural producers in their efforts to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Successful projects in the past have been the replacement of antiquated grain dryers with more energy efficient ones. This program can aid in paying up to 75% of the eligible costs, 25% through the grant portion and 50% through the guaranteed loan portion. Apply for the Fiscal Year 2010, which began October 1, 2009! The funding will be available the first part of 2010.
The requirements for REAP
as well as the application form for both the grant
and the guaranteed loan
are available. Also included is some information on replacing grain dryers
with more energy efficient ones. Please submit your application before incurring costs for the project, because REAP only covers costs incurred after submission. Send your application to USDA, Rural Development 200 North High Street, Room 507 Columbus, OH 43215. If you have any questions please contact Randy Monhemius at Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov.
Wyandot County Career Expo
The Wyandot County Career Expo will be held on Wednesday April 28th. At this workshop you will Learn……
- How to post your job openings
- How to post your employment events
- How to access 8 million resumes
- How to customize your resume searches
- How to increase recruitment speed and efficiency
For more information on this event and registration please click here
Ohio Receives $6 million for Worker Training
These funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used primarily for "green job training" to help Ohioans become employed in the clean energy industry. This grant from the US Department of Labor was applied for and will be administered by the Ohio Governor's Workforce Policy Board.
To find out what was included in the project, download a copy of the grant application HERE.