Chamber News
July 2020
2020 Census - Our Communities are Counting on You!

By: Chamber Executive Director
Miranda Jones
The 2020 Census is here now! Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for things like infrastructure, health care, and food assistance. It is important that we all respond to shape the future of our communities.

Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for our community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

Specifically, to our communities, the Census will be key in determining that our local businesses remain in a HUBZone. The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least three percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year. Being in a HUBZone is critical to our local manufacturers to be able to continue to competitively bid on these government contracts.

The first census count was conducted in 1790. The 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the United States has conducted a decennial count. The 1790 Census counted 13 states, plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont and the Southwest Territory (which is now Tennessee). The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories.

The U.S. registered a total population of 106,021,537 in the 1920 Census. The total population surpassed 200 million in 1970 and 300 million in 2010. In 1960, the Census was mailed to all homes for the first time. Census takers later went from door to door to pick up residents' completed questionnaires. In 2020, for the first time, everyone has the option of responding online.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. 

Click Below to complete your 2020 Census Today!

The Crestline Freedom Celebration will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 2020 with a “Rain Date” of July 5th. This event is sponsored by the Crestline Lions Club and the Crestline Community Development Team and will follow social distancing guidelines.
The Celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m . with the V.F.W. presenting the colors and raising the American Flag at the Central Park Gazebo. Mayor Linda Horning-Pitt will speak, followed by a performance from local band Baker 47, who will be playing until 9:00 p.m. They are sponsored by First Federal Community Bank.

There will be many food options available to purchase until gone or 9:00 p.m. The Crestline Community Development Team will be providing hot dogs, chips, and a drink for a donation. Triple D Concessions will be set up in the United Bank customer parking lot. Depot Deli will have Hickory Smoked Pork Loin Sandwiches and Ice Cream. Mi Cerrito and Checkers Pizza will be offering food options at their locations.

This celebration will have many family friendly activities. Rock and Egg Painting will take place at a behind the gazebo with Serendipity Handmade Gifts & More. Face Painting & Tattoos will be provided by Missy Frary (depending on State of Ohio Social Distancing Requirements). At The Hub there will be corn hole boards, a patriotic photo booth (provided by Ginger Snapps Photography), GraphXcut will have a puzzle of the Crestline Freedom Celebration logo to color, and the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce will be there to hand out Glow Sticks to kids until 8:00 p.m. A 50/50 Raffle will take place (Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5). The winner will be drawn at 9:00 p.m. from the Gazebo (no need to be present to win).  The Crestline Fire Department will also be selling Raffle Tickets for prizes from their St. Patrick’s Day Ball.

7:00 p.m. kicks off the Patriotic Bike Contest , sponsored by the United Way of Crawford County. The lineup is in front of the Central Park Gazebo on Seltzer Street and age groups are 4 and under, 5-7, 8-10, and 11-12. At 7:45 p.m. cars can line up in front of the gazebo for the Car Decorating Contest and Shooting the Loop which begins at 8:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Crestline Lions Club.

The downtown events will conclude at 9:00 p.m. with the 50/50 winner being announced at the gazebo. At 10:00 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Hudson stadium. The fireworks are sponsored by the Galion Lion’s Club.
  • The Chamber office will be open from 9am- 4pm Monday thru Friday or by appointment during the month of July. Please call 419-468-7737 to make an appointment.

  • Our July Third Friday in Galion, scheduled for July 17, has been cancelled.

  • We will be holding our second Second Saturday Shop Hop from 10am - 2pm on July 11 in Galion to bring people to downtown businesses. We are also running a Galion Food and Beverage Blitz for local Galion Chamber businesses. We look forward to bringing both of these programs to Crestline in the near future.
  • Our June 25th Golf Outing has been postponed until August 27th. Please watch for more information as it becomes available.

  • Deferred dues options are available for up to three months. Please contact Miranda for more information.

Brian Knowlton, of Flashover Maintenance LLC , donated gift cards to Enforcement Deputies and Dispatchers at the Crawford County Sheriff's Department. We appreciate our members that give back to the community!
The Iron Vault Distillery has been recognized by by State Treasurer  Robert Sprague for their dedication to comm unity service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate all that you have done to help keep our community safe and healthy!
Donley Auto Group : has been purchased by Ryan Sponsler who now assumes the role of President/Dealer Principal for all 4 Donley locations. Sponsler has worked in several key positions within the company in his 25 years at Donley, most recently serving as Vice President and shareholder before completing a full buyout in October of 2019. Founded by Robert Donley at it’s humble beginnings on E. 4th St. in downtown Ashland, then later sold to Scott Donley who assumed the role of President and owner in 2000. Sponsler, who married Kerri (Donley) was welcomed into the family business in 1995.
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Miranda or Candy at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email    so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
Are you ready for the
Crestline 2020 Gazebo Concert Series?
Here is the schedule!
All concerts below are from 7pm to 8:30pm .

THURSDAY, JULY 16th--- THE INGLE SISTERS & RIBTICKLER FOUR / Swing, 50’s, country, variety…local

THURSDAY, JULY 30th--- KAPTAIN KURT BARKDULL / A wide range of music styles, songs, and artists…performs January thru April in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13th--- ANDREA & DARRYL GATLIN DUO / Broadway, 50’s, Rock, Country…performs January thru April in Southwest Florida.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th --- BAKER 47 / 1960’s and 1970’s Classic Rock.
The City of Galion COVID-19 Response Loan Program has extended it's application deadline to help Galion businesses. The graph below is from June 25th. As of that date, 18 applications had been received. The total funding requested at that date was $88,500 with $83,500 of that being approved.
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