Events

Aileron Updates

The Think Regional, Issue Action Day was held at the Aileron facility in Tipp City on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 10am to 3pm.  We had 22 members of the Think Regional Issue Action Group teams come together to work together on refining the definition of our Ideal End States for each issue, and the Initial Action Steps we could begin taking in the next 12 months to begin moving these issues from the current state to the Ideal End State that we believe better supports commercial investments to increase economic development, job growth and quality of life improvements across the region.

Purpose:

(1) Help refine and sharpen End State definitions for each key Issue identified by Think Regional Conference attendees.

(2) Help refine Initial Action Steps identified for each key Issue as defined by Think Regional Conference attendees.

(3) Help define the measures for success in the key Action Steps we can use to determine successful accomplishment as we progress during the year.

Outcomes:

The outcomes from each Issue Action Group work session are summarized below:

1. Skilled and Educated Workforce – Use Think Regional to provide a web-based resource for all educational program opportunities for obtaining skills for the jobs that are available but not fulfilled in the region.   Include Soft Skill programs (finance, writing, dressing, work ethics and behavior, etc.). Provide certificate of completion for educational programs to help in finding jobs.

2. Infrastructure – (a) Transportation: Expose options for funding options for transportation that are not gas tax – such as high speed electronic toll programs such as used in many other cities;

                             (b) Energy: Work with Ohio Fuel Cell Corridor and Millennium Reign Energy to apply for an IMCP grant to designate Ohio as a Renewable/Fuel Cell Energy Innovation and Manufacturing Region.

3. Government Reform – (a) Develop “Nudge” factors for local Government – emotional vs. economic motivators to drive local government efficiency over maintaining local power;

                                       (b) Shared permitting and review process across governments for development permits application and approval process, environmental impact reviews, etc.;

                                       (c) Develop model forms for shared/standardized permitting;

                                       (d) Record and report the time required for permitting approval processes by area;

                                       (e) Establish a local Government “Czar” in the Governor’s office to attend Think Regional   Issue Action Group quarterly sessions and annual conference.

4. Integration of Racial/Ethnic Minorities – Every ethnic chamber should have a representative on our TR Issue Action Group. These groups should help identify key actions for local business and government leaders. Design educational programs that are measurable for progress on these issues.

5. Quality of Life – Need actions to advance specific elements, such as education for children, home safety (neighborhoods?), access to fresh food, access to health care (and use of health care), public transportation for job access.

6. Entrepreneurial Support – (a) Provide a “one stop shop” clearing house for information on resources for starting and growing a business;

                                              (b) File a form with state taxes to request support;

                                              (c) Earn certification for completing elements of entrepreneurial training/education, to make it easier to obtain loan or investment support, etc.