Interim City Manager gives positive State of the City for Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer told members of the Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower March 13 the city of Hudson was in good financial position with a 40 percent carryover fund, with achievement in economic development and citywide projects.

Schroyer delivered the annual State of the City address to the Rotary Club of Hudson morning meeting and again at the Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower at noon meeting. The Clocktower club had approximately 25 in attendance.

Some of the projects anticipated for 2014 include resurfacing Middleton Road; $5 million in road reconstruction and resurfacing throughout the city; Main Street streetscape to enhance and beautify the sidewalk and parking area; Veteran's Trail Phase 1 construction; lighting on state Route 91; and a culvert in the Atterbury area under the Norfolk and Southern Railroad line.

Committees will work on recommendations for the Downtown Phase II Redevelopment plans, the Comprehensive Plan Review and a Charter Review.

In 2013, the city added eight new businesses and helped three businesses expand development, Schroyer said. Catastrophe Management Solutions was one of the companies which brought 275 full-time jobs and $8 million in payroll.

"After moving into their Hudson headquarters on Executive Parkway West, they are renovating 100 Executive Parkway with plans to establish a training center, with space for additional expansion of core operations that will bring additional jobs to Hudson."

Economic Development Director Chuck Wiedie said the company increases the number of employees during a catastrophic event in the United States.

Allstate is its biggest client and the reason they wanted to be in Hudson, Wiedie said. During Hurricane Sandy they worked 24 hours, seven days a week with more than 600 people in the building.

"Allstate, one of Hudson's largest employers, completed a $20 million investment in facility upgrades" and plans for more renovations in 2014, Schroyer said.

CompMed Analysis opened its new office on Georgetown Road, and nearby KGK Landscaping broke ground for its new headquarters, Schroyer said.

Last year four medical care facilities opened in Hudson -- assisted living center at the Gables of Hudson, skilled nursing facility at Heritage of Hudson, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center and the new University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children's, he said.

The infrastructure for Seasons Greene Eco-Industrial park was completed in 2013, Schroyer said.

Owners hope to break ground within 12 months, Wiedie added.

The city emphasized road improvements and infrastructure in 2013, spending more the $6 million on Hudson streets, Schroyer said. A Connectivity Plan for sidewalks and trails was created and prioritized as a guide for future decisions.

The city looked at different ways to save money by consolidating city departments under one roof, recycling road materials and items from closed properties and keeping health care costs down.

Schroyer's entire speech can be found on the city's website www.hudson.oh.us.

The Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Country Club of Hudson and focuses on improving Hudson through leadership training and community service. Leadership Hudson has provided training for 120 local leaders and each class has created a community project such as Taste of Hudson, the Farmer's Market, Veteran's Memorial at Markillie Cemetery, Screen on the Green and others. Junior Leadership Hudson encourages and trains students in Hudson schools to become leaders.

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