In this episode we talk about getting back to business here in Whitehall, OH, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and what we are concentrating on at the City.

The coronavirus has been a different type of natural disaster than a weather related natural disaster. As economic development professionals, we would normally follow steps of disaster preparedness by having mitigation discussions, putting emergency preparedness plans in place, and implementing a recovery plan and respond.

This is different because it's not like a tornado that does the damage and then it's over for us to fix. We are still living the coronavirus and figuring out the recovery and response while still having to be cautious.

We have had to adjust how we do work in general. More phone calls and Zoom meetings.

In the state of Ohio, a City is funded by income tax. With many jobs having the ability to be remote, we have more people working from home. This has had a major impact on our budgets and many programs and events we were going to have in 2020.

Our state law makers are actually working on legislation on whether income tax will be collected by where the home office is, or if it will be based on where people work.

We have great news about the Air South Commerce and Tech Park. (France-Based Cérélia Will Grow Within Ohio’s Strong Food Industry.) The European leader in the production of ready-made doughs and baked goods will invest more than $29 million in its expansion. This company will bring 120 jobs to Whitehall.

And as always, we "Kick It To The County" with our guest Alex Beres, Assistant Director at Franklin County (OH) Economic Development and Planning. He covers the Franklin County (OH) efforts and programs that are helping employees get manufacturing and tech jobs.

Join Jenna and Zach monthly as they have representatives from Franklin County (OH), as well as special guests from government and other organizations, to talk about different topics that are important throughout the Central Ohio region.

That's part of the reason we named this podcast Whitehall Works. (The City of Whitehall (OH)) is working with a lot of different partners on transportation, affordable housing and workforce development. These are just some of the important topics that not only the City of Whitehall (OH) is working on, but everyone needs to work on.

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