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ECONOMY THE HOLMES SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Contact Information – 62 W. Clinton St., Millersburg, (330) 674- 2811, www.co.holmes.oh.us/soil-and-water-overiew. Program Administrator – Michelle Wood Board Meetings – 2nd Monday of each month (call to confirm meeting time/date prior to attendance). More Information – The Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District works with the citizens of Holmes County, state and local agencies, and private organizations to promote responsible land-use decisions. They are dedicated to the conservation, protection and improvement of soil and water resources by providing information, technical guidance, and cost-share assistance. The Holmes SWCD receives the majority of its funding from the Holmes County commissioners and The Ohio General Assembly. Local government funding is matched by the state to support SWCD operations, conservation programs and resource management initiatives. Holmes SWCD Provides – * A wealth of resources for teachers, students, and non-formal educators. * In-classroom and camp programs about soil, water, and other related subjects. * A lending library of books, videos, activities and posters

related to water, soils, wetlands and nonprofit source pollution. * Equipment needed for water-quality monitoring, a great hands-on way to get students to understand the importance of clean water. * Scholarships for OFA Forestry Camp (students must have completed the eighth grade to be eligible, and camp is the second week in June at Camp Muskingum). * Ohio Envirothon, a great opportunity for high school students to work as a team and learn more about natural resources. * Soils survey books. * Information on logging operations. * Tree seedling/ground cover sale in the spring. * Help with soil samples. * Topographic maps and older aerial maps. * Backyard conservation (learn how to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your property). * Help with pollution complaints. We work with landowners on a voluntary basis to correct problems. *Speakers for civic organizations. *General information about natural resources.

THE HOLMES COUNTY OFFICE OF PLANNING Contact Information – 2 Court St., Suite 21, Millersburg, (330) 674-8625, fax (330) 674-1528, www.co.holmes.oh.us/planningcommission-overview Planning Director – Arnold Oliver, aoliver@co.holmes.oh.us More Information – The Holmes County Planning Commission is responsible for encouraging the orderly and responsible development of the county. The Planning Commission also works closely with the Holmes County Economic Development Council. Our county prides itself on having a pro-business, pro-growth strategy, all while ensuring development occurs in an orderly manner. Tourism is also a major industry and provides a considerable

source of tax revenue for the county. Evidence of the strong economic climate in Holmes County is demonstrated by examining the statewide unemployment rates showing Holmes County to be consistently one of the lowest communities in the State at 3.4 percent (as of August 2014), and also, the eighthfastest population growth rate in the state. Obviously, there are multiple factors driving the economy in Holmes County, but there remains a significant desire to preserve the rural character so visitors will continue to return. Issues such as the proliferation of subdivisions, destruction of farmland and rising real-estate taxes will come into play in the near future.

THE HOLMES COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC. Contact Information – 2 Court St., Suit 16, Millersburg, (330) 763-2954. Economic Development Director – Mark Leininger More Information– The Holmes County Economic Development Council, Inc. (HCEDC) is a private non-profit corporation that seeks to improve the economic climate of Holmes County by supporting business initiatives that create jobs. HCEDC is the local administrator of both the Enterprise Zone Program as well as the Community Reinvestment Area program. Both programs provide real estate tax incentives in

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connection with significant business real property investments that result in the creation or retention of jobs. In addition, the HCEDC administers a revolving loan fund through which it provides financing on favorable terms to expanding businesses. The HCEDC also works through its network of regional partners to access funds available through state and federal sources. Such funds are used to complete needed public infrastructure upgrades and expansions designed to improve our roadways and increase public access to sewer and water services.

Holmes County Today: The 2016 Community Guide  

A guide to services and life in Holmes County, Ohio, published by Spectrum Publications, a division of The Daily Record.

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