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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Community and Economic Development Department earns state honor

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (Aug. 4, 2021) – The Clark County Community and Economic Development Department was recently named the top department in Ohio for 2021 by the Ohio Conference of Community Development, a 170-member statewide association of community and economic development professionals.

“We’ve got a great team of development professionals who strive to make Clark County  a better place,” said Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson. “They truly care about helping our communities and it shows in the work they do each and every day.”

The department administered several important programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: 

  • Securing more than $670,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help local non-profit partners respond to the pandemic.
  • Distributing more than $400,000 in CARES Act relief funds to local residents and local businesses.
  • Distributing federal funding to homeless shelters in both Clark and Greene Counties.
  • The department also used its connections to secure an entire Hampton Inn to help house homeless displaced throughout Ohio due to congregate settings being shut down. 

Throughout the pandemic, the department continued to manage its CDBG allocations, which included two large projects in New Carlisle: 

  • $367,100 in Critical Infrastructure funds for Fenwick Drive street and drainage improvements. 
  • $173,900 to demolish an extremely blighted & vacant school in the middle of the City of New Carlisle.

The Community and Economic Development Department also continued to operate the Clark County Land Re-utilization Corp. Early in the year, the Land Bank took donation of the former South Limestone Street Kroger property, which closed in 2019, causing a severe food desert in the south side of Springfield. The Land Bank worked closely with the City of Springfield to quickly locate a new grocer for the facility and sold the property earlier this year.   

“Amongst all of the challenges 2020 brought the world, Clark County came together to overcome great hurdles,” said Clark County Community and Economic Development Director Ethan Harris. “With all of these positive outcomes, one of the greatest achievements is a renewed bond between Springfield, Clark County and our many partners. None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of employees who go above and beyond each and every day to improve our communities.”

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Media contact: Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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