At the October 19, 2016 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners authorized a contract with Buxton Company of Fort Worth TX for $50,000 for retail recruitment from October 19, 2016 through October 18, 2017. The contract will automatically renew for up to two successive one-year periods. Commissioner John Detrick “This is an innovative program. I would like to see them concentration on the Upper Valley Mall area.

Community Development Director Tom Hale “This program helps up spend our time wisely. They are the best in the business. They help us target the retailers that will best meet our needs. Some of their research will be offsite, some in town. We will start seeing activity within 30 days of the signed agreement. My department will provide regular updates to the commissioners on the progress.”

Buxton’s Retail Recruitment solution uses software based on data collected about the area to determine retail potential to prospective new businesses and position the community for retail development success.

The research identifies the characteristics that make the community attractive to retailers

The company promises to increase sales and property tax revenue, and reduce retail stores from leaving by keeping business transactions in the community and to retain and assist business owners by to optimize merchandising and marketing.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners amended three contracts with Helping our Young People Connect with God, On-The-Rise, and Springfield Christian Youth Ministries to add Protect Ohio as a funding source for these programs. The amendments are effective October 19. 2016.

They also accepted the Victims of Crime Act Grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s for $265,416.91 effective October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 for salaries, on-sit mental health services, equipment and supplies for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

For the Juvenile Court, the commissioners approved a payment to Arcon Builders. LTD for $17,700 for the Juvenile Court Courtyard Improvement Project. In addition, they approved a payment to Humane Society Serving Clark County for $78,753.76 to provide dog pound services from September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

In regular business, they commissioners accepted a grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for $90,834 to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal government to prepared for all hazards that may result from a disaster. The grant provides a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property from hazards and to vest responsibility for that preparedness jointly with federal state, and local political subdivisions. The grant assists government to obtain the resources required to support core capabilities. The grant is effective October 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

They also authorized a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division, Office of Procurement Services and the Clark County Commissioners to participate in the State’s Natural Gas Purchasing Program effective December 1, 2016 with automotive renewals at the end of each one year term.

According to Commissioner Detrick, “Clark County was the first county in 1998 to participate in the gas purchasing program.”

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for November 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ conference room.

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