The Sandusky County Economic Development Corp. is planning to start a six-month feasibility study this spring to weigh the costs and benefits of a major commitment to a green energy initiative for the private and public sectors.
Kay Reiter, executive director of the SCEDC, said the corporation has been working with the Marshall Group, a North Carolina-based firm, on developing a program to attract green businesses and utilize alternative energy in infrastructure, industrial and residential construction, and other areas.
In a December presentation to business officials, Edward Marshall estimated the county could gain 3,000 green jobs through the initiative.
With about 9,000 solar panels, he said, the 25,000 or so households in Sandusky County could significantly cut electrical bills and the county, because of its location in the Midwest, could be ideal for green manufacturers looking to serve markets on the coasts.
A North Carolina industrial park, he told those attending the presentation at Terra Community College, has installed about 640 solar panels that produce adequate energy to heat about almost 2,000 homes.
Ms. Reiter estimated the feasibility study will cost about $50,000.
She said three industrial projects announced last year, an expansion at Fremont Machine & Fabrication, and two new warehouses, have been completed and a 128,000-foot expansion at Curwood, Inc., is about half complete.
The $5 million Curwood project, she said, is expected to create 50 new jobs and retain 141 current positions.
“Lean Manufacturing Principles” is the theme for the quarterly manufacturer’s roundtable on Feb. 19 sponsored by the SCEDC and “2009 Economic Outlook: What Are the Signs of the Coming Recovery” will be the topic for the keynote presentation at the corporation’s annual dinner meeting on Feb. 18.
Ken Mayland, Ph.D, President of Clearview Economics Economics, is the speaker.
Major infrastructure projects will continue this year in the Village of Woodville.
In his annual report, Mayor Richard Harman notes that homes in the village were surveyed for the next phase of a planned sewer separation project.
The village has received funding - $275,000 – through the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project, he said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has completed the widening of the stretch of Route 20 through the village, opening four lanes of traffic through much of the village’s main artery.
A new traffic light has been installed at the State Route 105/Route 20 intersection and street lights are back up.
ODOT, at the village’s request, planted 88 trees along Main Street, to replace those removed for the project.
All-season banners were purchased through donations for a downtown improvement project and the Woodville Business Association donated funds for new light poles.