West Chester Development https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com West Chester Development West Chester Development Greater Cincinnati Credit Union Building New HQ https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/502 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:17:24 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/502 <p>Today Kemba Credit Union announced that it will construct a new headquarters in West Chester Township. After continued growth, the company made the decision that it needed more capacity to serve its 11 branch locations. The project will result in the construction of a new headquarters facility and create 40 new jobs in West Chester Township. The announcement comes after the approval by Butler County of a seven-year, 75% property tax abatement through the enterprise zone program and an economic development grant from JobsOhio.</p> <p>&ldquo;Kemba is excited to continue to grow our company&rsquo;s presence in West Chester,&rdquo; said Dan Sutton, President/CEO, Kemba Credit Union. &ldquo;We are thankful for the collaboration between West Chester Township, Butler County and REDI Cincinnati.&nbsp; As we expand, we&rsquo;re confident that the Cincinnati Region&rsquo;s diverse workforce and vibrant economy will continue to offer us the resources needed to support our current and future members.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to congratulate Kemba Credit Union for the incredible growth they&rsquo;ve seen during the past few years that has led to the building of a new headquarters&rdquo;, said Kimm Lauterbach, President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati. &ldquo;Financial services employ more than 57,000 in the region and we&rsquo;re thrilled that Kemba Credit Union is growing within the thriving ecosystem of financial services headquarters in Greater Cincinnati.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Kemba Credit Union has experienced a significant increase in members. As a result, the current headquarters is at capacity. Kemba Credit Union considered several locations for its new headquarters and ultimately chose to expand adjacent to its current facility in West Chester Township and Butler County.</p> <p>&ldquo;Kemba&rsquo;s continued investment into Butler County is a testament to our region&rsquo;s commitment to working at the speed of business and being a good partner,&rdquo; said Cindy Carpenter, President of the Butler County Commission. &ldquo;Butler County has been leading the state in job growth as well as wage growth, and this announcement signals a continuation of our incredible development and that we get things done.</p> <p>&ldquo;West Chester is honored to be considered the home of Kemba and looks forward to their continued growth throughout the Tri-State region,&rdquo; said West Chester Township President Lee Wong. &ldquo;Kemba&rsquo;s decision to plant its roots even deeper and grow in West Chester highlights the sustained desirability of Union Centre and West Chester as a premier location for corporate headquarters and Class A office space.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Kemba Credit Union&rsquo;s investment in West Chester is example of how financial institutions are building long-term success in Ohio,&rdquo; said Valentina Isakina, JobsOhio managing director for financial services. &ldquo;This new headquarters will support Kemba&rsquo;s rapid growth and expanded customers base while bringing 40 new jobs to Butler County.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;###</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Kemba Credit Union</span></strong></p> <p>Kemba Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to serving the financial needs of its members. Kemba serves more than 98,000 members and more than 840 companies, with 11 branches in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information visit Kemba.com.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About REDI Cincinnati</span></strong></p> <p>The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 15-county region at the heart of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. REDI is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Greater Cincinnati region to compete globally.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About JobsOhio</span></strong></p> <p>JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: <a href="http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&amp;d=0qma2010yaKXajbVY8rbjAFiws-VqVn0LBY6319dzQ&amp;s=671&amp;u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2eapeg%2ecom%2f">Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth</a>, <a href="http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&amp;d=0qma2010yaKXajbVY8rbjAFiws-VqVn0LBxv319Syg&amp;s=671&amp;u=http%3a%2f%2fcolumbusregion%2ecom%2fHome%2easpx">Columbus 2020</a>, <a href="http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&amp;d=0qma2010yaKXajbVY8rbjAFiws-VqVn0LBxpgVhZzA&amp;s=671&amp;u=http%3a%2f%2fdaytonregion%2ecom%2f">Dayton Development Coalition</a>, <a href="http://redicincinnati.com/">REDI Cincinnati</a>, <a href="http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&amp;d=0qma2010yaKXajbVY8rbjAFiws-VqVn0LBZs0FhdyA&amp;s=671&amp;u=http%3a%2f%2frgp%2eorg%2f">Regional Growth Partnership</a> and <a href="http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=4062&amp;d=0qma2010yaKXajbVY8rbjAFiws-VqVn0LBhkgQtdng&amp;s=671&amp;u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2eclevelandplusbusiness%2ecom%2f">Team NEO</a>. 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Part of that history ties into their father working in a bakery when he was young and the family opening Skally&rsquo;s Old World Bakery in North College Hill in 1977.</p> <p>&ldquo;After five years we wanted to show people how to use pita bread, so we started a small restaurant next to the bakery,&rdquo; Drew Skally said. That allowed it to serve freshly made bagel sandwiches, pizzas, gyros and pita pocket sandwiches.</p> <p>The busy, often hectic nature of the bakery prevented the family from opening a second location until several weeks ago, when Skally&rsquo;s debuted at 9558 Civic Centre Blvd. in the Streets of West Chester.</p> <p>The new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SkallysRestaurant/" target="_blank">Skally&rsquo;s</a>, which replaces the now-closed Hamilton County eatery, is &ldquo;a little more sophisticated place with a lot more items,&rdquo; Ephraim Skally said. It also has the visibility the family wanted, coupled with many people from the area already asking them to open a restaurant in Butler County.</p> <p>&ldquo;They didn&rsquo;t want the Applebee&rsquo;s-on-the-corner kind of restaurant. They wanted a unique story,&rdquo; Drew Skally said.</p> <p>That story is not only emblazoned across the restaurant&rsquo;s walls with family photographs, it&rsquo;s also a part of the cuisine on its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SkallysRestaurant/menu/" target="_blank">newly extended and extensive menu</a>, highlighting the versatility of Skally&rsquo;s bakery products.</p> <p>Skally&rsquo;s new location retains four main menu items &mdash; the gyro, pita pocket sandwich, pizza and hamburgers. It also extends its salad menu and introduces a host of house-made dressings, gluten-free options and new chicken- and fish-based sandwiches and entrees.</p> <p>The restaurant imports its gluten-free dough all the way from California because &ldquo;we wanted the best dough we could find,&rdquo; Drew Skally said. &ldquo;Everything else we make from scratch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Skally&rsquo;s just finalized an ionic tzatziki sauce based on a recipe enjoyed during a trip to Greece.</p> <p>&ldquo;You see things and it&rsquo;s always in the back of your mind and you kind of hold onto that until you&rsquo;re ready to express that,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>The Skally siblings said they have invested approximately $1.5 million in designing the restaurant&rsquo;s modern and open interior, as well as its multi-room kitchen. The restaurant also features a bar and patio with a fireplace.</p> <p>Drew Skally said the family ultimately decided to locate the restaurant in West Chester Twp.&rsquo;s entertainment district, which features Topgolf, Main Event Entertainment, AMC West Chester 18 and a bevy of stores and restaurants, because of the exposure it afforded to the business.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of activities here and we didn&rsquo;t want to go to a little strip center and have a face that&rsquo;s 20 feet wide,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Eighty percent of this building is glass. It&rsquo;s very visual from the highway.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ephraim Skally said West Chester Twp. itself was appealing because it&rsquo;s a growing, diverse, open-minded neighborhood.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great community,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We always wanted to come up this way and we finally found the opportunity. The place felt right.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/family-owned-bakery-opens-restaurant-west-chester/KqLd1t3H6z5ByAhlqPD5rK/">https://www.journal-news.com/news/family-owned-bakery-opens-restaurant-west-chester/KqLd1t3H6z5ByAhlqPD5rK/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/Skally'/">Skally'</a> West Chester is again a Top 50 "Best Places to Live" in 2018 https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/500 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:25:35 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/500 <p>It's no secret&nbsp;&ndash; West Chester Township in Butler County, Ohio is one of the "Best Places to Live" in America!&nbsp;</p> <p>For a seventh time, the southwest Ohio community of 65,000 residents has been named to&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/money/collection/2018-best-places-to-live/" target="_blank">MONEY Magazine's list of the top 50 "Best Places to Live" in America</a>. West Chester comes in at No. 38 on the 2018 list &ndash; a credit to the community&rsquo;s private and corporate citizens who have invested in its success and sustainability.</p> <p>"With outstanding schools, modest costs, and commutes, this Cincinnati-area suburb has been growing steadily,"&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/money/collection/2018-best-places-to-live/5361489/west-chester-ohio/" target="_blank">writes reporter&nbsp;Sergei Klebnikov for MONEY Magazine, a publication of Time Inc.</a></p> <p>The 2018 MONEY Magazine list considers communities with populations of 50,000 or greater, eliminating those with more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state&rsquo;s median household income, or a lack of diversity.</p> <p>From the resulting pool of 583 places, MONEY collected&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/money/5387468/best-places-to-live-2018-methodology/" target="_blank">135,000 different data points</a>&nbsp;to narrow the list. Categories of emphasis included economic health, cost of living, diversity, education, income, housing, crime, amenities and overall vibrancy. The magazine&rsquo;s reporters then researched each place, interviewing residents and checking out neighborhoods for the intangibles that define great communities.</p> <p>"The township has numerous events throughout the year, including music and food festivals,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.westchesteroh.org/Home/Components/News/News/2628/16" target="_blank">community activities, and holiday parades</a>," Klebnikov writes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/money/collection/2018-best-places-to-live/5361489/west-chester-ohio/?platform=hootsuite" target="_blank">rankings</a>&nbsp;highlight West Chester statistics such as:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>$100,260 median family income</li> <li>94 percent high school graduation rate</li> <li>$194,000 median home price</li> <li>23-minute average commute</li> <li>4.48 percent projected job growth (2017-2022)</li> <li>1.9x home price/income</li> </ul> <p>West Chester was first named to the MONEY Magazine list in 2005 and has been included in the top 50 on the six most recent lists &ndash; 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 &ndash; recognizing communities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. West Chester placed 56 on the 2017 list recognizing the top 100 places to live with populations of 10,000 to 100,000.</p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/Best Places to Live/">Best Places to Live</a> New job shuttle links Butler County to Cincinnati, Dayton https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/499 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 07:40:31 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/499 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-job-shuttle-links-butler-county-cincinnati-dayton/PXOF9b9h6Md5AGoRQnV3BN/" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>Butler County&rsquo;s newest bus service will begin Tuesday with the debut of the new WorkLink route that will transport riders to jobs along the Interstate 75 corridor between northern Cincinnati and south Dayton, including stops in Middletown and Monroe.</p> <p>The new bus service is an effort among the cities of Middletown and Monroe, Atrium Medical Center and the Butler County Regional Transit authority to connect people to available jobs in Butler County.</p> <p>The route, which will connect Dayton and Cincinnati, is the first public transit connection between Greater Dayton RTA, BCRTA and Metro/Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, officials said. Not only can workers from Dayton and Cincinnati connect with jobs in Middletown and Monroe, they can also connect to other routes on the Metro and Greater Dayton RTA systems as well as the CATS system in Greene County.</p> <p>With several stops, the route will run six days per week and cover all three work shifts at $2 per ride, said Matthew Dutkevicz, BCRTA executive director.</p> <p>&ldquo;BCRTA is excited to help our communities support workers and business by connecting Butler, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren counties with public transit along the I-75 growth corridor,&rdquo; Dutkevicz said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud of this partnership and look forward to expanding opportunities like this to create seamless transportation options for workers in our region.&rdquo;</p> <p>The WorkLink route connects the Greater Dayton RTA hub on Lyons Road in Miami Twp. and the Metro/SORTA Park &amp; Ride at the Meijer store on Tylersville Road in West Chester Twp. The route between these two destinations includes two Monroe stops in Park North, with one next to the new Amazon facility and the other across the street from the Home Depot facility, as well as stops at PAC Worldwide and Atrium Medical Center.</p> <p>&ldquo;The WorkLink route really showcases the region coming together to connect the available workforce with the open positions in the area, particularly in Middletown and Monroe,&rdquo; said Jennifer Ekey, Middletown economic development director.</p> <p>Atrium Medical Center officials said they see many benefits of having a stop along the WorkLink.</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is an exciting new opportunity to continue to evolve public transportation along the Interstate 75 corridor,&rdquo; said Michael Uhl, Atrium Medical Center president. &ldquo;This enhancement will allow for new access possibilities for both patients and for the work force.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our goal was to create a system that is user friendly for employees and an effective recruitment tool for employers,&rdquo; said Jennifer Patterson, Monroe economic development assistant. &ldquo;Providing better access to jobs is an important part of creating a more connected region.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dutkevicz previously told the Journal-News that the route would be funded through a federal grant that would be obtained by Middletown Transit Service to cover 50 percent of the costs and the remaining 50 percent would come from local matches from cities of Middletown and Monroe.</p> <p>Getting people to work is something BCRTA does with the route between Hamilton and Middletown and other connectors into Hamilton County. That route has a stop throughout the day at the Kohl&rsquo;s distribution center in Monroe.</p> <p>Future additions to the route are expected to be announced as a broader group of public and private partners continue to build regional transportation solutions, officials said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-job-shuttle-links-butler-county-cincinnati-dayton/PXOF9b9h6Md5AGoRQnV3BN/">https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-job-shuttle-links-butler-county-cincinnati-dayton/PXOF9b9h6Md5AGoRQnV3BN/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Butler County firm wins $66M Navy aircraft contract https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/498 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:34:29 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/498 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/business/butler-county-firm-wins-66m-navy-aircraft-contract/vtLnruV3vqKkYT9uCMYr9N/" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>Pole/Zero Acquisition Inc., of West Chester Twp., has won a $66 million-plus contract to perform work for U.S. Navy aircraft as well as foreign militaries in Europe and South Korea.</p> <p>The $66,673,285 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract provides for the procurement of antenna interface units and communication tray; technical data, spares, and repair work for Navy aircraft, the Department of Defense (DoD) said in an announcement.</p> <p>Work will be on the P-8A Poseidon and 11 full-rate production aircraft in support of the Navy and the governments of the United Kingdom, Norway, New Zealand and South Korea, the DoD said.</p> <p>Work will be performed in West Chester and is expected to be completed in September 2022.</p> <p>Fiscal 2018 U.S. Navy procurement and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $16,498,704 will be obligated at the time of award, the Pentagon said.</p> <p>This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($33,404,335; 50 percent); and the governments of the United Kingdom ($9,538,692; 14 percent); Norway ($6,766,623; 10 percent); Royal Australian Air Force ($3,866,043; 6 percent); New Zealand ($5,365,506; 8 percent); and South Korea ($7,732,086; 12 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program, the government said.</p> <p>Pole/Zero Corp. is based at 5558 Union Centre Drive. It focuses on communication equipment in commercial and military aircraft, ship and ground vehicles.</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/business/butler-county-firm-wins-66m-navy-aircraft-contract/vtLnruV3vqKkYT9uCMYr9N/">https://www.journal-news.com/business/butler-county-firm-wins-66m-navy-aircraft-contract/vtLnruV3vqKkYT9uCMYr9N/</a></p>