June 8, 2018 - In This Issue:

For the past few years, we know in this community the terrible tragedies that are affiliated with the opioid crisis that has not only affected our community, but every community across the United States. It's no secret how this epidemic has changed family structure, school curriculum, law enforcement tactics, and of course, day-to-day business.

We have teamed up with a group of experts from central Ohio who have come to our community over the last two years to help educate our employers on this topic. Now, this same group, Working Partners, have joined with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to develop an online tool kit for employers and employees.

According to Working Partners, the 2017 report Taking Measure of Ohio's Opioid Crisis, there were an estimated 92,000 to 170,000 Ohioans in 2015 abusing or depend upon opioids. The ensuring costs associated with treatment, criminal justice and both the immediate and lifetime lost productivity are estimated at $6.6 to $8.8 billion. To add a little perspective to these numbers, Ohio spent $8.2 billion in general revenue funds and lottery profits on K-12 public education in 2015.

As we know, this is indeed a true public health crisis and is an extreme threat to the workforce and economic vitality of our region and state. Add to that the possible upcoming affects that legalized medical marijuana may have to add to this crisis.

Working Partners and the Ohio Chamber, as we announced at our Annual Meeting in March, is now sharing the Opioid Toolkit to all Ohio employers and their employees. The toolkit includes a 5-module course for employers and a one-hour course for employees, along with downloadable tools that will assist in understanding the dangers of misusing prescription drugs.

This vital information should taken seriously, and every employer in our area should utilize this toolkit. Click here for more information http://ohiochamber.com/opioid-toolkit/ 

We're starting to see positive change in our community because of the action being taken by employers, schools, law enforcement, medical professionals, and families. This toolkit is another source that will aid in this effort.
Over the next few weeks, be alert to several bicyclists coming through our area. The world's toughest endurance bicycle race, Race Across America begins this weekend in Oceanside, California and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The route passes through 12 states, including Ohio. Cyclists from around the world compete to see who will be the fastest to pedal 3,000 miles coast-to-coast across the USA. Amazingly, the winning solo riders will cross the country in less than 9 days, cycling over 300 miles per day, and teams will do it in 6 days, riding over 500 miles per day.

Riders will have support crews to insure their safety. So, as these cyclists travel across US 50 through Ross County, watch for these support vehicles. There will be a cyclist in front of them.

We can expect to see these athletes and their crews in our area between June 20-23. Some may arrive a few days earlier depending on their speeds. This is a timed event, so timing stations will be located somewhere along East Main Street during this period. Keep your eyes open, and show encouragement as these visitors travel through our region.
Have a great weekend!

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 


Are you too busy in the evenings to attend our Business After Business?  Do large crow
ds make you nervous or uncomfortable?  The Chamber is paying attention and trying to find opportunities for everyone to make connections and develop relationships.  Our newest venture will be, Lunch With 12 Strangers.  Most people get a lunch break and why not use that time to meet some new people?  Twelve is a small group and it will be a very relaxed atmosphere.  Lunch will be on your own or paid individually.  We will order lunch, tell a little about ourselves and where we work and what we are trying to accomplish.  The first 12 people to register will attend the event.  It is important that if you register, that you do attend. 
Lunch With 12 Strangers will be held on Tuesday, June 19 th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Roosters in Chillicothe.  Make sure you don't hesitate, register today!



Construction and redevelopment in our community continues to thrive. As a service, the Chamber is pleased to share as much information as we can provide. Click the link below to see commercial building permits for Chillicothe and Ross County. 



-Key-Ads, Inc. 

-Hatch Boutique 

-Mares Cares Counseling LLC

-Bell Manor

-Page Home Inspection LLC 

Click Here to View our Complete Member Directory


June 12th- EPIC Morning Coffee, 8-9AM at 37 W. 2nd St. 

June 14th- Ross County Safety Council, 11:30-1PM at 446 Hospital Rd. 

June 19th- Lunch with 12 Strangers at Roosters, 11:30-1PM at 10 N. Plaza Blvd. 

June 20th- Business After Business at Rainbow Yoga and Salon Oasis, 5-7PM at 27 W. 2nd St. 

June 28th- Ross County Safety Council, 11:30-1PM at 446 Hospital Rd. 

June 28th- EPIC After Hours, 6-8PM at 80 E. Water St. 

July 13th- Golf Outing- 4th Annual Valero Cup, at 12100 Pleasant Valley Rd. 

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Kenworth Truck Co.
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 


Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
bkellough @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.