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10th annual cruise in ready to celebrate London Rib & Jazz Fest a finger lickin’ good time By Julie Weaver

By Steve Lelonek

With excitement, we welcome the 10th anniversary for the Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In Cruise In presented by Bob Chapman Ford. Coincidentally, this also marks the 100th anniversary for our presenting sponsor of 10 years, Bob Chapman Ford.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with finger-lickin’ BBQ and the sweet sounds of jazz in the air. The 5th annual London Rib & Jazz Fest, presented by the London Festival Association, returns to downtown London, Ohio for an expanded two-day event starting Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 4, 2012. Admission is free.

Open to all makes and models of cars and motorcycles, the Plain City Classic Car Cruise InCruise-In presented by Bob Chapman Ford offers more than just trophies. Lining Main Street at Chillicothe, the Cruise In Cruise-In closes down the streets early on Aug. 4 to greet the 200 cars and motorcycles with food, music and vendors to browse. There’s a lot to take in. The cars are dazzling, the food is fresh, the drinks are cold, the prizes are great, the games are fun, the tees are cool, the music is rockin’ , and the trophies you don’t get anywhere else. Don’t miss it! The Cruise InCruise-In also will provide a discount to registrants of another area car show, the London Rib & Jazz Fest Car Show on Friday, August 3. Get $5 off registration at the Cruise InCruise-In with proof of registration at the London show. Car, music, food, everyday! All makes and models of automobiles and motorcycles are invited to participate. Registration is required. Registration forms can be located at uptownplaincity.com under “Activities & Updates.� Registration runs from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. with a fee of $10. Awards will be presented after 4 p.m.

PLAIN CITY CLASSIC CAR CRUISE-IN presented by Bob Chapman Ford DATE & TIME: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 from 11a.m. - 5p.m. WHERE: Main St. & Chillicothe St., Plain City COST: Registration fee is $10; FREE for spectators

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This year’s festival will offer jazz connoisseurs 18 hours of live jazz performances presented by exceptional local, regional and nationally acclaimed jazz artists. In addition to the musical artists, award-winning local rib teams will be grilling with their signature sauces, sides and treats. After you’ve filled up on ribs and cornbread, it’s time to checkout all the new events that have been added for 2012.

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For event info, go to uptownplaincity.com and click on Activities & Updates, email plaincity. cruise-in@live.com or call (614) 561-3322.

WHAT: - Two hundred bright gleaming cars - Thousands of people - Food and craft vendors - ‘50’s and classic rock music - Raffles - Specially made trophies

Cyclists will be kicking off Saturday of the London Rib & Jazz Fest with the first annual Rib Tickler Bicycle Tour, a fundraiser for the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails. FMCPT, along with the Madison County Senior Citizens Center, challenge you to put your best confection forward for a Pie Baking Contest on Friday and a Cupcake Design and Decorating Contest on Saturday. That evening, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, will be the first annual Rib Tickler 5K/1K. Starting at 2nd and Oak St. (the municipal parking lot), Tthis event promises to be great for all ages! The Ribfest will also have a sweet spot for the gear heads among us with the return of the car show and the addition of a motorcycle show! Participants in this show get a discount on the Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In registration.

As always, kids can get in on the fun, too. Headlining our children’s area for 2012 will be the full Shazzbot band! Rocking and rocketing through the spaceways in their interstellar Winnebago, The Shazzbots are bringing cool quirky kids rock music to all the children of the cosmos. We will also feature the magic of Carroll Baker as well as the kid-friendly music of Bob Piascik. Clowns, balloon twisters, face painting, costumed characters, games and bounce houses are also returning. The Ribfest highlights our beautiful downtown area with great atmosphere, food and entertainment. This festival is a chance for people to get out and enjoy summer, have some tasty ribs and listen to some great music. Dozens of businesses, non-profits and crafters will also be on hand. London Rib & Jazz Festival artist biographies, event information, vendor and visitor information are available online at the events Wwebsite, londonribandjazzfest.com, designed locally by LDR Interactive, and on the event Facebook page, facebook.com/LondonRibandJazzFest

RIB & JAZZ AT-A-GLANCE Date & Time: Friday, August 3 & 4, 2012, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. both days Location: Downtown London, Ohio Cost: FREE Description: Join us for TWO DAYS of ribs and jazz on FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 & 4, 2012, for 18 hours of music presented by exceptional local, regional and nationally acclaimed jazz artists, family fun and more in London, Ohio’s beautiful downtown! Information: www.londonribandjazzfest.com

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Thursday, August 2

Madison Co. Health Partners Free Clinic Seventh Year Anniversary Celebration WHEN: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. WHERE: St. Patrick Church Parish Hall WHO: All volunteers, donors & friends of the clinic

Chamber West Jefferson Office Hours WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: By appointment – email david@madisoncountychamber.org WHO: West Jeff businesses or entrepreneurs needing assistance

Chamber Mt. Sterling Office Hours WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: By appointment – email sean@madisoncountychamber.org WHO: Mt. Sterling businesses or entrepreneurs needing assistance

Plain City Farmers Market WHEN: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY thru Oct. 4 WHERE: Corner of S. Chillicothe & S.R. 161, downtown Plain City

Mt. Sterling Public Library Midway Summer Reading Program WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Range Twsp Hall WHO: All ages are invited. WHAT: Eric the Fish Japanese Taiko drumming workshop Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch WHEN: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. WHERE: Range Twsp Hall WHAT: Sign up for a library card, checkout and request materials & use computers. Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jeff FMCPT Full Moon Ride WHEN: 8 – 11 p.m. WHERE: Prairie Grass Trailhead, Madison Co. Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London  WHAT: 20 mile round trip to South Charleston departs at scheduled time above 10 mile round trip to Neil Rd. (Florence Switch) departs 15 min. later. No registration required.

Tuesday, August 7 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Board Directors & Investors Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, London WHO: Anyone interested in the betterment of Downtown London Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: 60 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling WHO: All ages are invited.

Saturday, August 11 West Jefferson Farmers Market + WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EVERY SATURDAY through October 20 WHERE: Pat’s Pizza parking lot, 55 W. Main St., West Jefferson WHO: Anyone wanting local produce, foods, etc. WHAT: In honor of the National Hobo Convention this weekend, we will host our 2nd Annual Hobo Dinner Contest. Contestants must bring a hobo type dinner to be prepared on a grill. Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch Plain City Public Library Chalk on the Walk WHEN: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. WHERE: 305 W. Main St., Plain City WHO: All ages welcome Plain City Public Library Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: 305 W. Main St., Plain City WHAT: Registration is required at www.plaincitylib.org

Tuesday, August 21 Downtown London Assoc. Meeting Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program Knitting & Crochet Club WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: London Public Library, 20 E. First St., London WHO: Individuals who are involved in or wish to know more about the art of knitting or crochet. Contact Karla Arnold at 740-852-9543 for more info.

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Weekly Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In WHEN: 5 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY WHERE: West Ave & US Rt 42., just south of Der Dutchman WHO: Anyone interested in classic cars should join us for weekly CruiseIns in Plain City. No registration required, just bring your car/truck & show it off! May 24 to Sept 27. Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Mt. Sterling Public Library, 60 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling WHO: All ages are invited.

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London Jazz & Rib Fest WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. WHERE: Downtown London WHAT: Visit londonribandjazzfest.com for event & band info.

London Jazz & Rib Fest WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. WHERE: Downtown London WHAT: Visit londonribandjazzfest.com for event & band information.

Mt. Sterling Farmers Market WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Old Mt. Sterling Elementary School

West Jefferson Farmers Market + WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EVERY SATURDAY through October 20 WHERE: Pat’s Pizza parking lot, 55 W. Main St., West Jefferson WHO: Anyone wanting local produce, foods, etc. WHAT: Come see who will be clowning around at the Farmer’s Market. Face painting, balloon twisting & fun for all.

Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Summer Reading Program WHEN: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Fairfield Twsp Hall WHO: All ages are invited. Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch WHEN: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. WHERE: Fairfield Twsp Hall WHAT: Sign up for a library card, checkout & request materials & use computers. Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jeff

Procter Center Farm Stand WHERE: Procter Camp & Conference Center, 11235 S.R. 38 SE, London WHO: Anyone wanting local produce, foods, etc. WHAT: purchase organically grown veggies fresh from the Farm. Napa cabbage, beets, summer squash & chives are just a few of the fresh produce items available this summer. Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Assoc. Regionals WHERE: Madison Co. Fairgrounds, 203 Elm St., London

Wednesday, August 8 Madison County Safety Council: “Firearms in the workplace” by Tim Holman WHEN: Noon WHERE: Chamber Conference Center, 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Businesses who want to earn discounts on their BWC premiums & learn safety techniques for their employees. COST: $10/person for lunch Mt. Sterling Public Library Midway Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time London Public Library Basic Com-

Monday, August 13 Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch Plain City Public Library Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: 305 W. Main St., Plain City WHAT: Registration is required at www.plaincitylib.org

Tuesday, August 14 Downtown London Assoc. Meeting Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program

Wednesday, August 22 Mt. Sterling Public Library Midway Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time London Public Library Digital Downloads Class WHEN: 6 – 8 p.m. WHERE: 20 E. First St., London WHAT:  Learn how to digitally download & use info. To register for a class visit the library or call 740-852-9543.

puting Skills Class WHEN: 10 a.m. – Noon WHERE: London Public Library, 20 E. First St., London WHAT:  Learn how to use the computer & Microsoft Windows 7. To register for a class visit the library or call 740-852-9543. Knitting & Crochet Club WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: London Public Library, 20 E. First St., London WHO: Individuals who are involved in or wish to know more about the art of knitting or crochet. Contact Karla Arnold at 740-852-9543 for more info. LogisticsARTs Training Program Orientation WHEN: 8 a.m. WHERE: Columbus State Community College

Wednesday, August 15 Chamber Plain City Office Hours WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: By appointment – email sean@madisoncountychamber.org WHO: Plain City businesses or entrepreneurs needing assistance Mt. Sterling Public Library Midway Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time London Public Library Intro to the Internet Class WHEN: 10 a.m. – Noon WHERE: 20 E. First St., London WHAT:  Learn how to use the Internet. To register for a class visit the library or call 740-852-9543. Plain City Public Library Explore the Classics Book Discussion WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: 305 W. Main St., Plain City FMCPT Monthly Meeting WHEN: 7 – 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Madison County Senior Citizens Center, 280 West High St , London LogisticsARTs Training Program Orientation

Friday, August 24 Mt. Sterling Farmers Market

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Thursday, August 23

Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch

Plain City Farmer’s Market Weekly Plain City Classic Car Cruise In Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program

Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Food Box Pick-Up WHEN: Noon – 2 p.m. WHERE: Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Center, 28 E. Main St., West Jeff WHAT: Contact Virginia Miller at 613302-8883 for more info.

Thursday, August 9 MEDIGOLD Workshop Medicare made easy WHEN: 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Chamber Conference Center, 730 Keny Blvd., London Plain City Farmers Market Weekly Plain City Classic Car Cruise In West Jefferson Community Association Annual Steak Fry WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Battelle Darby Metro Park WHO: Members & Residents Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program

Thursday, August 16 Chamber West Jefferson Office Hours WHEN: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: By appointment – email david@madisoncountychamber.org WHO: West Jefferson businesses or entrepreneurs needing assistance Plain City Farmers Market Weekly Plain City Classic Car Cruise-In Mt. Sterling Public Library Summer Reading Program

Friday, August 17 Mt. Sterling Farmers Market Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch

Sunday, August 5 Brandon Landis Memorial Cruise-In WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Golf-A-Glo, 1098 Eagleton Blvd., London Plain City Music in the Park Concert Series – Trombones Plus WHEN: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Pastime Park WHO: Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Gazebo area at the north end of the park, & enjoy a warm summer night filled with great music. For more info about this free series, visit plain-city.com or contact Kelly Miller 614-873-3527. Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Association Regionals WHERE: Madison Co. Fairgrounds, 203 Elm St., London

Monday, August 6 Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch WHEN: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. WHERE: Range Twsp Hall WHAT: Sign up for a library card, checkout & request materials & use computers. Plain City Public Library Toddler Dance Party WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Plain City Public Library, 305 W. Main St., Plain City WHO: Ages 5 & under

Friday, August 10 Mt. Sterling Farmers Market Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time

Saturday, August 18 West Jefferson Farmers Market + WHAT: Share your favorite bad poem (please remember this is a PG event!) Help us create our first interactive bad poem about the Farmer’s Market. Procter Center Farm Stand Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Assoc. Weekly Race WHEN: 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Madison Co. Fairgrounds, 203 Elm St., London

Sunday, August 19 Plain City Music in the Park Concert Series – Buckeye Brass WHEN: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Pastime Park

Monday, August 20

Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time

West Jeff Business Council WHEN: 8:30 a.m. WHERE: The MustardSeed Café, 94 W. Main St., West Jefferson WHO: West Jefferson businesses and residents who want to improve their community

Saturday, August 25

Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch

West Jefferson Farmers Market + WHAT: Join us as we celebrate the historical release of the Wizard of Oz from 1939 & see what fun we have on our own Farmers Market Yellow Brick Road. Prizes, fun & giveaways for all. Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Twsp Mini Library Branch

Monday, August 27 Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Township Mini Library Branch

Tuesday, August 28 Mt. Sterling Public Library Patron Appreciation Picnic Madison County Future, Inc. CIC WHEN: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. WHERE: 60 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling Board Meeting WHEN: 6 p.m. WHAT: Enjoy a dime-a-dog with a drink. WHERE: Chamber Offices, 730 Keny Blvd., London Procter Center Farm Stand WHO: CIC board directors, investors & anyone interested in economic Central Ohio Quarter Midget development Racing Assoc. Weekly Race Downtown London Assoc. Meeting

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Mad About Business Wednesday, August 29 Mt. Sterling Public Library Midway Summer Reading Program Mt. Sterling Public Library Range Twsp Mini Library Branch Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time

Thursday, August 30

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Cultivating Fitness

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Friday, August 31 Mt. Sterling Farmers Market Mt. Sterling Public Library Fairfield Summer Reading Program Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Story Time FMCPT Full Moon Ride WHEN: 8 – 11 p.m. WHERE: Prairie Grass Trailhead Madison County Senior Center - 280 West High St., London  WHAT: 20 mile round trip to South Charleston departs at scheduled time above 10 mi round trip to Neil Rd. (Florence Switch) departs 15 min later. No registration required.

Have something for the September 2012 or a future calendar? Please send ALL details in the above format to david@ madisoncountychamber. org by the third Monday of the month before the activity.

London Gymnastics & Cheer Ashley Hammond 235C Lafayette St., London 740-852-2433 londongymnastics@gmail.com

Who we are: We teach gymnastics and cheerleading to boys and girls 18 months to 18 years old. Not only do we teach basic to intermediate gymnastics and cheerleading skills, but we also teach gross motor skills, coordination, focus, strength and self-esteem. What sets us apart from others: We are lucky to be the only gymnastics and cheerleading center in Madison County. I think we are different because we can develop a personal relationship with our clients. We offer everything that a big gym has except we are small enough to know everyone by name. My coaches and I rarely go out in public without seeing one of our students. Who we serve: The kids! Ok, actually our clients are from all over Madison, Clark, Champaign and Franklin Counties. We really have something for every child. All children need gross motor skills, exercise and coordination. We can teach children to roll, spin, balance, swing, jump and flip in a safe environment with wall pads, foam floors, and a lot of fun, colorful mats for kids to land on.

We welcome our new Chamber & Community Investors! (June 2012) • Columbus Chamber of Commerce (Jay Scott) Columbus, OH 43215 • The Brickhouse Café & Giftshop (Becky Martin) Mt.Sterling, OH 43143 • The Columbus Dispatch (Jody Anderson) Columbus, OH 43228

730 Keny Blvd., London, OH 43140 740-852-2250 PUBLISHER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sean K. Hughes BOARD PRESIDENT Mike Boerger, Boerger Farms MANAGING EDITOR David K. Jackson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jessica N. Lane PHOTO EDITOR Jim Rinaldi, Wide Photographic Studios COMMUNITY RELATIONS & DISTRIBUTION CHAIR Kerri Ferguson, Main Streat Treasures FUNDRAISING & ADVERTISING CHAIR Aimee D’Amore, Duke Realty

Madison Co. has cultivated our success: There are several things that have helped with our success. 1. My Staff- Kristin, Desiree, Laura, Cricket, Dominick, Michael and my husband Tom. The gym wouldn’t be running without them. Their love for children and their knowledge of our sport is seconded to none. 2. Our Clients- the parent support and how they keep bringing their kids back and sending their friends our way is amazing! Right now, we do not have a sign out front and we rely on word of mouth. We started with 32 students last June and we have grown to almost 200 students! I am hoping that means we are meeting and exceeding their needs. 3. My family - My husband Tom has spent hours in the car handing out flyers. Tom and my parents spent about 4 months painting, building walls, assembling the floors, and putting my beams and bars together so the children here in Madison County can have a great gym. The Chamber of Commerce has cultivated our success: The Chamber’s knowledge of business and their encouragement is nice to have. Coming from an education, not business, background, they have helped me and the gym in so many ways. My favorite event this year was the Madison County Expo. We had a great response from the community and we were able to show a small portion of what we offer at the gym. The Chamber has helped schedule the gym’s Grand Opening and 1 Year Anniversary, they list the gym’s information online, and offer free classes for me and other members to learn about new rules, marketing, safety issues etc,. All of this knowledge has helped the gym grow. The gym is looking into a small expansion and David and Sean are helping me achieve this goal. I am also getting ready to do 10 hours of marketing with David and I cannot wait to see what will come from it! Thank you so much for all you do!

Bride & Formal on Main

Thanks to our renewed Chamber & Community Investors! (Those who renewed in June 2012.) • 56 Auto Sales • DC Engineering & Development, LTD • Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center • Edgewater Place Assisted Living Community • Krazy Glue Co. • London Country Club • London Gymnastics & Cheer • London Strawberry Festival • London Village Apartments • Mental Health & Recovery Board of Madison County • Real Living/Anders & Associates • Robert Danielsson • Sarah Hankins-Miller • Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance • Thrifty Plumbing

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24 S Main St. London, OH 43140 740-845-1250 www.brideformalmain.com

Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 19 for Bride & Formal on Main of London. From left to right are Steve Lelonek, Pat Closser, David Jackson, Pamela Olson, Bill Beathard, Natalie Dorn, Nathan Dorn, Devin Hamilton, John Griffith, Mark Gaver, Bob Patterson, and Sean Hughes. (Photo by Jessica Lane, Madison County Chamber of Commerce)

Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 15 for Family Dental Care of London. Dr. Ali Khaksar is pictured with the Family Dental Care staff. The business was welcomed into the community with a strong attendance including co-workers, family, and friends. (Photo by Jessica Lane, Madison County Chamber of Commerce)

Family Dental Care 391 Lafayette St. London, OH 43140 740-852-7741 www.drkhaksar.com

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Mad About People Chamber launches new website Your Madison County Chamber of Commerce will be launching a new website during the month of August. The site will better represent the Chamber, as well as it’s sister organizations, the Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corporation. The Chamber portion will allow businesses to apply for Chamber membership online, as well as continue to offer invoice payment and event registration portals. Also, information on Chamber membership benefits as well as the popular business and resource directory will be available. The visitors section of the site will offer a robust collection of information on Madison County tourism experiences, attractions, and the local economy for visitors, the community and the media. The site will focus on showcasing the value of Madison County’s activities, sites, shopping and dining experiences, and places to lodge and eat. The Business Development section of the site will be complete with information on existing businesses, as well as resources on starting and growing a business in Madison County, building inventories and more. Visit www.madisoncountychamber.org and www. madisoncountyohio.org and see for yourself the new face of your Madison County Chamber of Commerce online!

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Ohio to Erie Trail a gem for Madison Co. When was the last time you went for a walk through the countryside? Or dusted off that old bike in the garage and took it for a spin? Did you know that Madison County has some of the best trails in the state and that country right in your backyard? With over 16 miles of scenic trails for biking, skating and hiking within the Madison County portion of the Ohio to Erie Trail, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views. The Ohio to Erie Trail, recently ranked among the 50 Best Bike Trails in America by Complex Magazine, is a paved trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie linking Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland and following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. Hikers, bikers and other groups including bird watchers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and nature lovers are able to enjoy this trail as they pass through quiet woods, lush fields, charming small towns and dynamic urban centers. Enthusiasts can even travel from Cincinnati all the way to Columbus on this trail system! Locally, the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails, a 501c3 non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the Madison County Park District and the City of London, have helped complete and maintain the trail across Madison County.

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The trail fits the needs of various users such as bird watchers, wildflower viewing, hikers, walkers, travelers and cyclists. Trail counters show the increased use of the trail each year since it has been open. Not only does the trail benefit those who use it, but it also has great impact on our local economy, with many trail travelers visiting our local businesses. FMCPT also hosts regular events such as Full Moon Rides and the Rib Tickler Bike Tour in conjunction with the London Rib and Jazz Fest. Be sure to check out the Madison Monthly community calendar and fmcpt.com for info on upcoming trail events. When you are ready to set off, on your adventure, visit ohiotoerietrail.org and fmcpt.com for maps, trail info, events and programs.

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The Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) has worked with the new Ohio Department of Transportation’s Jobs and Commerce department to earn a $140,000 grant to help the Village of West Jefferson cover any potential cost-overruns for Phase 1 of SR29/I70 interchange improvements. The grant is based off of the CIC and Duke Realty’s efforts to help Restoration Hardware expand their facilities in West Jefferson adding jobs and square footage.

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The Jobs and Commerce grant will leverage Duke Realty’s and Centerpoint Development’s financial commitments of $1,750,000 each towards the project.



“This is one of the first of such infrastructure projects in the state where 90% of the project is being paid with private dollars,” said Sean Hughes, Executive Director and Economic Development Director for Madison County Future, Inc.  

“This creative financing of public infrastructure sends a message to the development world that we

know how to develop public and private partnerships that benefit everyone and that we are expanding our job building capacity.” The Phase 1 SR29/I70 interchange improvements involve $4,096,000 worth of work to improve the northern entrance and exit ramps as well as adding a semi sized roundabout and some widened lanes on SR29. The Village Council was asked to approve a $500,000 State Infrastructure Bank loan to cover any potential cost-overruns on the project. All federal highway projects require a 10% cost overrun contingency. The $140,000 Jobs and Commerce grant, along with another financial commitment from Duke Realty for some additional land they will be adding to their development and $138,000 from a 629 Road Development grant secured by the CIC for Mars Petcare in 2010, cover over three quarters of the Village’s potential costoverrun commitment. “Madison County Future, Inc. has, time and time again, proven its capacity to find creative solutions to Madison County’s development issues and opportunities,” said Dusty Parker, President of the Board of Madison County Future, Inc.



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“We encourage anyone who wants to invest in Madison County’s economic development efforts to get in touch with Sean at sean@ madisoncountychamber.org.” The SR29 corridor currently is home to 12 employers with approximately 2,800 employees. The Village receives over $400,000 in income taxes. At full build, the corridor will house over 9,000 employees and provide the village with nearly $2 million in income tax revenue.

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