Published: Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:35
MOUNT VERNON - Voters approved a renewal levy for Mount Vernon City Schools on Tuesday. The money will be used for day-to-day expenses like electric bills, fuel for busses, classroom supplies and slaries for staff.
Levies were also approved for fire and EMS services in the Central Ohio Joint Fire District, the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District and in Morris Township.
The Northridge and North Fork districts serve part of Knox and Licking Counties. Knox County voters defeated the North Fork 1% income tax and the Northridge income tax/bond issue. Licking County results were still being tabulated late Tuesday.
Below is the summary report from the Knox County Board of Elections which shows there was a turnout of 8.9 percent of the registered voters in Knox County, one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent memory.
Published: Sunday, 30 April 2017 08:50
MOUNT VERNON – Area Development Foundation, Inc., President Jeffry Harris last week announced the community’s success in landing a significant grant from JobsOhio to help revitalize an under-used building on Siemens’ campus in Mount Vernon, transforming the facility into one of the company’s global Customer Operations Centers.
The Siemens team in Mount Vernon, led by Stephen Rhoades, Head of Quality + EHS Distributed Generation, and Deborah Boal, Director of Finance, worked with the Foundation to apply to JobsOhio for an Ohio Revitalization Fund grant totaling $700,000. The grant funds will help cover the costs to renovate the current Engineering Center on Siemens’ campus into a Customer Operations Center serving the North American and Latin American markets with top-quality engineering, project management, design and sales support services.
“During the past year, Siemens has worked diligently to identity new uses for our Mount Vernon location. The creation of a new Customer Operations Center represents a significant part of that effort, and this grant helped Mount Vernon successfully compete in a global marketplace for this exciting new local endeavor,” said Rhoades.
Following last year’s announcement, in the context of a challenging global energy market, that Siemens in Mount Vernon will be maintained as a product and market knowledge center for aero-derivative gas turbine packages, the group worked in 2016 to strategically refocus the Siemens campus during its period of transition. One such opportunity presented itself in the Customer Operations Center, which is a Siemens best-practice model, whereby remote markets and customers are supported by highly trained engineers, project management, sales and support staff from a centralized location.
Siemens has been awarded $700,000 in grant funds by JobsOhio to renovate and improve 37,000 square feet in the existing Engineering Center, formerly the En-tronic Controls building. Improvements include relocating existing utilities, installing windows to allow for natural light, installing new restrooms and meeting facilities, and creating new modern office space.
Related to this project is the planned exit of the pre-fabricated office building at the corner of North Sandusky and Chestnut Streets. Siemens will relocate its existing office personnel from that leased, temporary building into the newly renovated Customer Operations Center, which will be ready for use by year-end 2017.
Boal noted this grant helps offset the substantial costs to Siemens to continue housing its engineers and sales support staff in Mount Vernon. “Our existing budget was not adequate to make all the necessary renovations for our Customer Operations Center. The JobsOhio grant was supportive to the Siemens’ decision to move forward in Mount Vernon, because the award keeps our project on budget.”
Regarding this grant award, Harris, stated, “Our strategic response to the announced shut-down of Siemens’ test, assembly and packaging operations in Mount Vernon has been the single largest economic priority in Knox County during the past year. The presence of Siemens in Mount Vernon, and the jobs associated with it, are of the utmost importance. I am thrilled with the opportunity represented by the Siemens Customer Operations Center landing in Knox County. And the involvement of JobsOhio in the project signals our community’s full buy-in to economic opportunities at the regional and state levels.”
The JobsOhio Revitalization Fund requires that participating projects commit to retain and/or create jobs that pay wages higher than average local wage rates. Grants are available under the program when remediation and building renovation costs exceed anticipated gains in land and building values.
JobsOhio is a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and economic development efforts in Ohio. Formed by Governor John Kasich in 2011, the organization’s operations are primarily funded by taxes levied on the sale of spirituous liquors in Ohio.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The Area Development Foundation, Inc. was created in the mid-1950s and serves as the central clearinghouse within Knox County, Ohio, of economic development expertise and activities. From negotiating public-private partnership deals to serving as the ombudsman for industrial end users, the Foundation seeks to retain and grow commercial and industrial economic opportunities within Knox County.