Fayette, Ohio — As a part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen lines of communications and celebrate community engagement within the village and surrounding area, the CDC of Fayette (Chamber) is sponsoring a “Farmer’s Forum” and dinner at the Fayette Opera house on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will feature a homemade soup, slaw & pie dinner and guest speaker from Sherwood State Bank.
The Farmer’s Forum is the latest of several outreach and focus events sponsored by the Chamber/CDC within the past four months. Each forum directs participant’s attention to events, activities and policies that impact the local community.
Starting with the community wide “Bank Forum” held on November 18th, the forum sessions have included:
•January 22nd Traffic Forum Breakfast: An analysis of the traffic patterns serving our industrial park and options to increase efficiency and safety.
•January 22nd Service Sector and Non-Profit Banking Service Breakout Sessions: Small group sessions designed to define local banking needs from the service sector.
•February 5th Main Street Banking Service Luncheon: The current status of local efforts to secure a “community centered” Main Street bank to Fayette.
Local CDC officials have noted that the response by citizens has been overwhelmingly positive.
In an era where decisions impacting local communities are made by interests far removed from Main Street businesses and local agricultural operations, Fayette’s community forum initiative has successfully challenged the perception that “no one cares any more”.
Reservations for the “Farmer’s Forum” may be made by calling Dee Lawrence at (419) 237-2292 by Monday, March 2nd.
For the record:
•The north end industrial expansion moves forward.
•The process of attracting a community based bank to Fayette is on schedule. Keep abreast of events by reading your local newspapers.
•Employment at Fayette Business Park (formerly known as Fayette Tubular Products) has grown to nearly 100 over the past six months. This is the highest level since FTP closed in August of 1997.
•With Fayette’s Industrial/Manufacturing Vacancy rate remaining at zero, private and public sector leaders will be challenged to explore new expansion options.
•Fayette’s overall employment base has remained strong and has grown during the recent “Great Recession”. That performance has softened the impact of shortfalls at other levels.
•Activities surrounding the attraction of a new operational management team for the grocery store have been steady and moving forward.