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4/11/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Economic development event planned in Green

GREEN — Mayor Dick Norton will host a Charting the Course on Economic Development event April 24 at 8 a.m. at Green’s Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The free event will begin with a breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m.

Presentations will include guest speaker Kenneth Jones, CPA, from Employee Benefits International, discussing “Navigating the Challenges of Health Care Reform” as it pertains to local business leaders.

In addition, Norton will present an update on the city and its economic development activities.

According to city officials, Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry serving as an insurance examiner for the Ohio Department of Insurance from 1990 to 2002 and as director of insurance and risk management for Summit County until 2011. As a director of Employee Benefits International, he assists companies, municipalities and other agencies in understanding and determining insurance needs.

Norton presents Charting the Course events to local business leaders each year as a way to keep businesses in Green informed about the city’s progress in its strategic initiatives and economic development efforts, according to city officials. The event also allows city leaders to hear firsthand the challenges, needs and successes of Green’s business community.

Business leaders are invited to attend. To register, contact Amy Sehm at 330-896-6602 or asehm@cityofgreen.org.


Green Farmers’ Market gets new location

GREEN — City of Green officials announced the new location of the Green Farmers’ Market will be the grassy lot adjacent to the Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The market will be open Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. beginning June 18 and will run through Oct. 8.

This year begins the fourth season of the Green Farmers’ Market, according to city officials. The market began at Boettler Park and then moved to the parking lot of the Summa Health Center at Green and the Green Family YMCA facility on Massillon Road.

“This location will hopefully be the permanent home of the market,” said Mayor Dick Norton. “It has a great central location with a nice park feel, which many vendors and shoppers desire.”


VSC hosting events for unemployed veterans

SOUTH AKRON — Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) is hosting its second Job Boot Camp for unemployed veterans this week.

The event began April 10 and will conclude today, April 12. Each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants have been receiving instruction on job search techniques and skills to assist them in seeking employment. An optional volunteer opportunity also will be available for Job Boot Camp participants tomorrow, April 13.

Following the Boot Camp, the VSC will host its fourth annual Veteran Job and Career Fair April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is open to all veterans and their dependents. Representatives from local employers will be on hand to speak about job openings. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will assist as veterans will be coached on résumé tips and job search and interview skills and will be introduced to education options and free online career development courses.

“Both the Boot Camp and the Job Fair are designed to aid unemployed veterans in finding work, hopefully locally,” said David Burden, project manager at the VSC. “We want to equip veterans with the tools they need to be competitive in today’s work force. The Job Boot Camp is a condensed version of the resources available to vets at the VSC all throughout the year.”

Walk-ins will be accepted at the Job Fair April 17, but registration is encouraged by visiting www.VSCsummitOH.us or calling 330-643-2830. The Job Fair will take place at the VSC, 1060 E. Waterloo Road.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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