February 15, 2019   Like us on Facebook

Initiative is Underway!

Pike County Chamber of Commerce attended the final session of nine meetings organized by APEG and API to concentrate on Economic Prosperity Planning Initiatives with Business Focus Groups. The session; held in Chillicothe on Thursday, February 14, brought local business and community leaders from throughout southern Ohio together to discuss the economic climate of the area. Prior meetings were held in Coshocton, Zanesville, Steubenville, St. Clairsville, Marietta, Athens, Rio Grande and Portsmouth. The week rounded out with the Program Review Meeting following the Chillicothe group session.

Consultant, Allison Larsen of TadZo, directed the meetings by providing context and combining individuals into small working groups, where they shared current strengths and challenges of doing business in southern and eastern Ohio. These meetings were the first of many steps in the development of a regional strategic plan.

Mike Jacoby, CEO and President, of APEG stated, "Our goal at the end of the process is to have a guiding plan that will help us establish a more prosperous region with a unified voice."

APEG is the JobsOhio partner for Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, serving 25 rural counties. APEG, one of six network partners throughout the state, acts the single point of entry for economic development activities in the twenty-five counties we serve. The APEG-JobsOhio team works with site selectors, counties and communities to attract new companies and with the region's existing companies to grow their operations.

Upcoming Prosperity Plan Dates

March 18: Insights of the Region (Cambridge & Chillicothe)
March 19 - 21: Stakeholder Meetings (southern counties)
March 25 - 28: Stakeholder Meetings (eastern counties)
March 28: Strategy Session
June: Prosperity Plan Roll-out during Annual Meeting

For more information about how businesses can get involved, click here.

Recovery Council Information Session

The Pike County Recovery Council has been serving people suffering from addiction and their family members for more than 30 years. We are truly a grass roots, homegrown agency. We've been on the front line of the national drug epidemic that has continued to grow. The costs to the nation and state are continuing to rise from a financial and human capital perspective.

The drug epidemic is a complex problem that reaches every corner of America and requires vigilant attention from a range of local, state and national institutions to effectively address it. Our organization is part of that fight and we have been winning for a long time. The victory has been wrought with setbacks, but that is the nature of fighting addiction. However, we understand and remain committed to the process to tackle this issue locally and nationally.

There have been recent concerns about our agency in the community, some legitimate and others based on misinformation and a lack of understanding about our agency. I want to personally take the blame for that lack of community understanding about what we do.

It has become apparent to me, in recent months, that the Pike County Recovery Council needs to evaluate its operation and have a more robust dialogue with our community about addiction, the nature of treatment and how the national epidemic is impacting communities across the nation, including Pike County.

That communication starts today. I am announcing that on Feb. 21, 2019, the Recovery Council will have our third community information session to provide data on the drug epidemic, how it is affecting Pike County and how leaders from both sides of the aisle believe it is to be addressed. We will explain the system that exists to provide comprehensive treatment approaches. We will identify key stakeholders and our community partners. We will also explain what we do to tackle this issue, one person at a time and one family at a time. We will explain how we work to improve the quality of life for people in Pike County, the state of Ohio and beyond.

We want to hear your concerns and we will address them to the best of our ability. We want to make it clear that, since our inception, we have prided ourselves on being a positive institution for our community and we will continue to be that positive influence here. We understand there are concerns about our growth, concerns about our clients and concerns about our business model. Again, we believe some of them have merit while others are either misunderstandings or outright falsehoods.

This information session will separate fact from fiction and allow Pike Countians to come to an understanding about the real Pike County Recovery Council and the tens of thousands of lives we have impacted positively throughout our history.

Addiction is a disease of opportunity and deception. When people argue over aspects of the disease, the focus is shifted and the disease can progress. People get sicker. People die.

We get it. The symptoms of addiction are obnoxious and chaotic. Recovery is often uncomfortable and messy. It's easier to try to sweep it all under the rug, blame something else, and put our heads in the sand. That's just the type of opportunity and deception the disease thrives on.

We must shine a light on this issue to better understand it. We must be willing to talk about it openly. We are willing to continue to do both.

We will take the responsibility to inform our community about this epidemic and how it is impacting us. We hope you take the opportunity on Feb.21, 2019, to come learn about our work and see for yourself what we are up against.        

Thank you.
Pam Koehler Johnson
Pike County Recovery Council Director

Recovery Council Information Session
Feb. 21, 2019
6 - 8 pm
Family Life Center (Grace United Methodist Church)
104 S. High Street

FLUOR-BWXT Voluntary Separations
Fall Short at Portsmouth

Fewer workers than Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) hoped took advantage of a voluntary separation package offered for contractor personnel at the Energy Department's Portsmouth Site in Ohio.

After offering the package in December for up to 75 employees at the former gaseous diffusion plant, the decommissioning vendor said this week less than two-thirds of that number elected to depart by Jan. 31.

"The Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program has concluded for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth and though we didn't reach our goal of 75, we did get great participation. A total of 46 employees, a mix of both hourly and salaried personnel, took advantage of the program," Fluor-BWXT spokesman Jack Williams said by email this week. "This will allow us to begin the process of aligning our workforce for the next phase of the D&D project here at Portsmouth which includes demolition and disposal of the X-326 building." The X-326 building is a 1950s-era structure that enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.

Williams emphasized that there are no plans for a mandatory workforce reduction during fiscal 2019, which ends Oct. 1. The company has about 1,800 union and non-union workers, and is tweaking its workforce as its operations increasingly turn from facility deactivation toward demolition.

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-689 President John Knauff said last week about 36 of those who signed up for early separation were members of the union. Knauff has accused Fluor-BWXT of doing a voluntary reduction in force without following steps laid out in the Steelworkers contract.

Fluor-BWXT in March 2011 started working its 10-year contract, now worth $3. 7 billion, at Portsmouth. In September, the company received a second and final 30-month contract extension from DOE. The contract includes demolition and disposal of buildings, equipment, and ancillary facilities at Portsmouth.

of   JobsOhio

Governor Mike DeWine today joined the Board of Directors of JobsOhio in announcing that J.P. Nauseef has been selected as the next president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio.

The JobsOhio board has completed its search process for the organization's next president and chief investment officer. Last year, the board engaged executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process.

"J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio," said Governor Mike DeWine. "His extensive experience in the economic development field, and passion for selling Ohio as the best location for new and expanding businesses will help us take Ohio to the next level."

J.P. Nauseef and his family live in Dayton. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a longstanding passion for and focus on technology, innovation, and economic development. He is currently chairman and co-founder of Krush Media Group and continues to be a strong advocate for military missions and families. In addition, J.P. was the president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, which is one of JobsOhio's regional partner organizations.

Nauseef has received numerous awards for his professional and civic contributions including the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton and his Master of Science in Systems Management from The University of Southern California.

Nauseef will start in March and will replace John Minor, who has been president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio since 2012. JobsOhio announced last year that Minor would leave the organization after the search was concluded. Minor will serve as senior advisor to the JobsOhio board until his departure on March 29, 2019.


We have a unique opportunity at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) for those who are interested in serving as a volunteer advocate for nursing home residents. This opportunity is made available through our Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which is committed to protecting the rights of long-term care consumers. The Ombudsman Program provides this support for nursing home residents by helping them resolve problems and advocating for their rights, with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of life and care for all long-term care consumers in nursing homes or other home and community-based settings.

Volunteer Ombudsman Associates are an invaluable part of the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and provide an essential voice for consumers of long-term care services through regular visits to their assigned nursing home. Volunteer Ombudsman Associates provide residents with direct access to Ombudsman services; educate residents, families, friends and service providers about resident rights; advocate for person-centered care provided with dignity and respect; and help to resolve complaints as needed.

Because Volunteer Ombudsman Associates provide such an important support, they receive special training and on-going, professional support from our Agency. In addition, Volunteer Ombudsman Associates have the opportunity to plan their own schedules, are permitted to visit any day of the week, and are recognized during an annual event.

If you are a retired professional, or other capable and well-motivated individual, and are interested in the well-being and protection of residents receiving long-term care services, we welcome your interest in learning more about becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman Associate with the Area Agency on Aging District 7. Please call us at 1-800-582-7277 or e-mail to info@aaa7.org to learn more about this unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others. 

SOCA Self-Funded Medical Plan
A Big Opportunity for Small Employers

For More Information on Your Insurance Needs Contact
Shawan - Marquis Insurance Agency
110 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Ste. 260
Worthington, OH 43085


The following routes on the state highway system in ODOT District 9 remain closed as of 12:30 p.m. today, February 15, due to flooding:

S.R. 650 at the U.S. 52 overpass and Hanging Rock in Lawrence County;
S.R. 220 at C.R. 51 (River Road), two miles south of Waverly, in Pike County;
S.R. 239, between U.S. 52 and S.R. 73 at West Portsmouth;
S.R. 73 East at the U.S. 52/S.R. 852 overpasses, west of Portsmouth; and
S.R. 73/Second Street Bridge at the city of Portsmouth in Scioto County.

All closures are in effect until further notice, and motorists are reminded that crossing any closed route is strictly prohibited.

ODOT District 9 includes Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.
S.R. 220 at River Road and the CSX Railroad overpass in Pike County

Know Before You Go!
For more detailed traffic information, and to get personalized traffic alerts for your commute, download the OHGO app or visit OHGO.com .

For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9
740-774-8834 (o); 740-637-9037 (m)
Senior EXPO & Health Fair
FREE Admission
Wednesday, February 27

Cead Mile Failte
Friday, March 15
100,000 Welcomes!!!
We're so excited to host the 5th Annual Cead Mile Failte, 
The Scioto Society's big fundraiser and Chillicothe's biggest St. Patrick's Day Party.  
With food by Chef Taylor, Music from the Drowsy Lads, 
desserts by 83 Sweets and coffee from Two Roasting Joes, 
we hope that you're as excited as we are!

Get your tickets by clicking on the link below, 
or by calling us at 740-775-4100. 
 Don't forget to wear your green!!

Dancing with Our Stars
All-Star Revue
Saturday, March 23

Beaver Oktoberfest
Silent Raffle & Auction
Saturday, April 6
SOCA Self-Funded Medical Plan

For More Information on Your Insurance Needs Contact
Shawan - Marquis Insurance Agency
110 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Ste. 260
Worthington, OH 43085

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