October 19, 2017 - In This Issue:
What a week for Chillicothe and Ross County!

I don't know of another community that within 24 hours the main discussion spanned time from nearly 200 B.C. to 200 years ago.

On Sunday and Monday, our community hosted members of the National Town Builders Association. They were here because one of the leaders in the area of urban retail and development is a native of Ross County. Michael Watkins is now living in Maryland, but family still lives here and he returns often to visit. After the national conference in Cincinnati this past weekend, he brought about a dozen colleagues with him to his hometown. To say they were amazed by our architecture and growth is a definite understatement. Sometimes I feel guilty of often taking advantage of what we have here by ways of historic structures, but to hear professionals in that field go on and on about the quality and amount of our surroundings is truly amazing.

Then on Tuesday, we were hosts to those involved in Ohio's efforts for a World Heritage historic designation with the Hopewell Culture sites that also involves Licking and Warren counties. They, too, were in awe of our historic downtown, our convenient "urban" retail and lodging on Bridge Street, and of course, our Hopewell Culture sites. Nomination for the designation is still hopeful, even though an announcement was made by the United States government to withdraw from the UNESCO organization.

Why these two visits were important to me, it really highlighted the importance of preserving our history. Nowhere else is there a community that has a downtown on the National Historic Register that is undergoing revitalization as much as we are, while in the same community plans are being made to make nomination to honor and remember one of the oldest cultures in North America. Think about it. Chillicothe and the immediate surrounding area has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. It is our responsibility to preserve what we have, strive to improve our visibility while at the same time bring today's modern retail, lodging, housing, education, business and industry to today's generation.

Another highlight this week was honoring 22 local businesses who have embraced a culture of inclusion while driving innovation. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Ross County Board of DD, along with the Pioneer Center, honored those businesses with a brunch at the Chillicothe Country Club.

Hiring people with disabilities isn't just something special to do. These folks are vital to today's workforce needs. They are dependable, often have better attendance records, lower turnover rates and in Ohio, represent 13% of today's workforce.

"These individuals can and do do the job," said Mike Thompson, president of the board of DD. "They are making a viable contribution to our community."

Leia Snyder, Ross County Board off DD Superintendent, said businesses who hire individuals with disabilities are not doing charity work. "They're not doing special favors," she said, "but giving people better opportunities in an inclusive and diverse workforce."

So, after a great week of history, learning, planning, and celebration...we still have a lot to do. We, as an entire community need to work together to continue preserving our past, embracing our future and help remind each other that this is a great place to live, work, and play.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to enjoy the beauty of our area by attending the 50th annual Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge. 

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 



Please join the Discover Downtown Chillicothe Partnership October 28th from 3-5PM for Downtown Trick or Treat. Below is the current list of businesses participating. For a continually updated list please visit www.discoverdowntownchillicothe.com. 


Ross County Safety Council 45 E. Main St. 
Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce & EPIC 45 E. Main St. 
Paper City Coffee 47 S. Paint St. 
The Studio at ninety-four east LLC 94 E. Second St. 
Horizon 68 E. Main St. 
Totem Supply Co. 11 E. Second St. 
Brick Haven Spa 73 W. Main St. 
Steiner's Speakeasy 31 S. Paint St. 
The Madison on Paint 105 S. Paint St.
Chillicothe Antique Emporium 51 E. Main St.
Porch Swing Days Antiques 97 E. 2nd St. 
Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints 14 W. Water St.
Captivating Salon and Boutique 63 E. Water St. 
United Way of Ross County 69 E. Water St. 
Ivy's 105 N. Paint St. 
Rost Coffee 13 W. 2nd St.
Lloyd's Sweet Shoppe, LLC. 22 W. Water St.
MCS Mortgage Bankers, Inc. - Chillicothe, OH NMLS 1124622 25 E. Main St.
Tecumseh Trading Co. 13 E. Second St.
Mighty Children's Museum 21 E. 4th St. 
Carl's Townhouse 95 W. Second St.
Globe Furniture 63-79 E. Main St. 
Janney Montgomery Scott 37 W. Second St.
LCNB National Bank 33 W. Main St.
Bob's Bootery 100 N. Paint St. 
AmeriFirst Home Mortgages 12 S. Paint St. 
Apollo Records 18 W. Water St. 
BBB Music Center 20 E. Water St. 
C&J Electric 69 W. Main St. 
Chillicothe sewing center 20 W. Water St. 
Envy Ink Chillicothe 175 E. Main St.
Wild Roots Botanicals 59 E. Water St.
ERA Martin & Associates 159 E. Main St. 
Tomlinson Insurance Agency 90 W. Main St. 
Kear Realty 29 S. Paint St.
Staff Source Inc. 29 N. Paint St. 
K. Fischer Portraits 24 W. Main St.
Rustic Gals Boutique 81 N Paint St. 
Annie Rooney's Home Decor 90 E Water St.
R Kitchen on Paint 66 N. Paint St. 
Elite Staffing Group 43 N. Paint St.
KID'S WORLD Daycare 35 N. Paint St. 
Wheatberry Books 41 S. Paint St.
Farmers Insurance, David G. Bower Agency 129 E. Main St 
Southern Ohio Monument Company 172 E. Main St.
Rise Realty and Mgmt Co. 53 E. Second St. 

  • Wheatberry Books
  • Operation Untiltheresnone:  No Buddy Fights Alone 
  • Acloche Staffing
  • Fresh Accounting, LLC
For a complete listing of members please visit www.chillicotheohio.com and select member directory
  • Bishop Flaget is holding a Pink Pancake Palooze breakfast on October 25th from 7-8:30AM. Cost is $6 per meal, for more information please call 740-774-2970
  • Calvary Lutheran is hosting a free community meal on October 26th from 5-6:30PM at their 74 W. Main St. location, all are welcome 
  • Chillicothe Ross Community Foundation is hosting a Fulfillment Planning lunch and learn on November 9th. Click here for more information.
  • Did you know Your Local Concierge Service is only one call away? They will complete your shopping list with just the ring of a phone. Assistance with anything at any place, 740-600-2880
  • R Kitchen On Paint is now booking holiday parties. For more information please call 740-775-4555
  • EPIC, the young professionals network will be hosting a "ladies night out" on November 2nd from 6-8PM at the Plaza Conference Center. This event is a fundraiser for the Ross County Humane Society and is open to ladies of all ages. Email info@epicrosscounty.com for more information 
  • Rent-2-Own is currently offering cash sale items, as well as monthly specials. For more information about these deals and more call 740-779-3522
  • The Madison On Paint is hosting a county-wide gingerbread house decorating contest. For more information visit www.themadisononpaint.com/gingerbread-contest/ 
Have something you'd like shared in the quick clips next week? Email it to bhood@chillicotheohio.com 

October 25th- Putt'In On The Ritz in downtown Chillicothe 

November 1st- Pearl Vision Ribbon Cutting, 3PM at 1251 N. Bridge St. 

November 2nd, Donahue-Stangle-Brown, Inc. Agency Ribbon Cutting, 3PM, 16 Health Dr. 

November 15th- Chamber Business Expo 

November 17th- Frankfort Market Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening, 2PM, 617 Frankfort Clarksburg Pike

April 7th and 8th 2018- Southern Ohio Home & Garden Show at the Ross County Fairgrounds 

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 
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of 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.