The Economic Development Director of the Pickaway Progress Partnership, Ryan Scribner, gave council a long briefing.
Regarding infrastructure, he's happy with the "Progress Parkway" behind Wal-Mart, on the Casto Property. Roadwork, water, and sewer has been extended there into the 100-plus acres that will help existing businesses and encourage more development.
Scribner said the city just got funding from the state for the first part of the "Roundtown Trail," to connect the YMCA with the new city school campus, and then OCU. Eventually it should connect with New Holland, too.
He said GE Lighting is updating and expanding their older facility...but preparing a "Jobs Ready site" at the former Thompson plant has bogged down.
He mentioned grain dealer Cargill now owns, and has shored up, the mitigated site of the demolished Jefferson Smurfit factory along US 23.
There was also much discussion on a cooperative effort to extend sewer service to Ohio Christian University, to help them with their recent rapid "growing pains"...along with plans for a business incubation facility there.
The Long Range Strategic Planning Committee also discussed annexation of the rest of the city schools acreage, and the actions needed to propose a charter form of city government.
They also heard from the YMCA that they are willing to manage the city pool next season, even after loosing $3,200 on it this season.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils