Time for a change
To the editor: People are always asking me why we don’t have new businesses in Oregon. Why are there no Friday’s, Rudy’s Hot Dog, Olive Gardens, Chick-Fil-A’s and such? All we seem to get are pharmacies and car lots, not that they’re bad.
We really need a change in the way our city does business. Other small towns on state routes get these kinds of stores. What are we not doing to attract these folks?
Maybe it’s time to get moving and approach these companies.
Time for a change? Yes.
Building the future
To the editor: The City of Northwood has been a home to me from my pre-adolescent years to my early adult years. It is also the place I chose to start a business.
Northwood has always been a blue-collar town built around hard work and the expectation that our children will have a better lifestyle than we have. However, our community has been hit hard the last few years with long-time businesses leaving, families moving and few investments being made to better the community.
We need to rejuvenate our community and strive to build a better environment for the future leaders of our town. Northwood needs to return to its place of up-and-coming community by helping set the foundation at our most critical level - in our school systems. The State of Ohio is offering Northwood the opportunity of a lifetime to bolster property values, regain leverage with local entrepreneurs, and provide a solid home for bigger businesses. These things bring jobs to the community and improve the economic climate.
A new school will also provide facilities to our future leaders to compete intellectually because of the added technology and science labs. By participating in building new facilities for our local schools, the community can take advantage of more than $11 million in funds from the state and ensure the local share’s participation is minimal since the board of education will be using available funds from tax abatements.
As a community, let’s get back to enjoying our surroundings, increasing our children’s expectations, and growing a strong work environment to build and retain opportunities.
Owner, SBS Insurance Group