Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

April 24, 2002 

  Quote of the Week:  In matters of style, swim with the currents . . . in matters of principle, stand like a rock.  - Thomas Jefferson

Hamilton County Recognizes Excellence in Public Service

Cecil Berry, who volunteers in the Probation Department, was one of several volunteers recognized by County Commissioners.  April 21-27 is National Volunteers Week.

County Volunteers recognized. Hamilton County took advantage of National Volunteer Week to thank its volunteers at a reception and the April 24th Board of County Commissioners meeting.  Volunteers enrich County government by bringing new ideas, community spirit, commitment, special expertise, and diversity to the workplace.  In 2001, our volunteers contributed nearly 7,354 hours of services (a value of $113,000) supporting 15 County departments/agencies. In a greater sense, the contributions of these individuals is truly invaluable to the citizens of Hamilton County.  Thanks for all you do! 
Below: County finalists for the Annual ASPA Awards: Jeff Aluotto (Environmental Services), Sharon Booker (County Administration), Bill Hinkle (Communications Center), and  Eric Stuckey (County Administration).  Pat Tribbe (Mental Health Board) spoke to the group after being recognized as this year's top innovator.

County recognized through ASPA Awards. Six Hamilton County employees were honored at the Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s 19th Annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Public Administrator of the Year Awards Luncheon on April 19th. Along with 16 other public administrators from around Greater Cincinnati, Jeff Aluotto (Environmental Services), Sharon Booker (County Administration), Bill Hinkle (Communications Center), Rocky Pegg (County Personnel),  Eric Stuckey (County Administration), and Pat Tribbe (Mental Health Board), were selected as finalists by their peers as exemplary public administrators in their respective fields. Three County employees were award winners:  Sharon Booker (Support Services), Pat Tribbe (Service Innovator), and Bill Hinkle (Career Achievement).  Congrats to all!
County Names Employees of the Year.  The Employee of the Year Selection Committee, a group comprised of last year's award winners, is pleased to announce this year's Employees of the Year.  They are:
bulletBill Anderson, Prosecutor's Office
bulletAnna Kelley, Environmental Services
bulletTom Rapp, Communications Center
bulletHarvey Reed, Juvenile Court
bulletCandace Santose, MRDD
bulletJay Springer, Regional Planning

In addition to these employees, a special "team effort" recognition will be given to Regional Planning and Zoning for putting together the Community COMPASS Town Meeting. Through these efforts 1200 citizens were brought together to discuss the future of Hamilton County. 

These employees will be recognized at the May 8th Board of County Commissioners meeting as well as at a ceremony on Fountain Square that same day.  The committee was very impressed with the outstanding service and commitment of these employees as well as the 60 other employees that were nominated by their co-workers. Thank you to all who participated in this year's recognition program. Keep up the good work!


HCDC has a positive impact on the community
The Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC) continues to move forward in fulfillment of its purpose to enrich the quality of life by cultivating economic development in Hamilton County. Recently HCDC hosted several state and federal dignitaries who recognized HCDC for its success and the value that it adds to our community.
Gov. Taft watches a demonstration at the Hamilton County Business Center.
Ohio Governor Bob Taft visited the offices of HCDC and the Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC) to promote the importance of small business entrepreneurs and new technologies as partners in his “Third Frontier” program.  The Governor spent time visiting with members of the HCDC staff and speaking with HCBC tenants who are on the cutting-edge of new technology development.

Congressman Steve Chabot with Small Business Administration's Hector Barreto (left) and HCDC President David Main (right). 

Congressman Steve Chabot and Hector Barreto, President Bush’s appointed Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), visited the offices of HCDC to learn more about its model of success.  HCDC partners with SBA to provide long-term, low-interest, fixed-asset financing to local small businesses through the 504 program and smaller loans through the Microloan program.  HCDC provides financing throughout the region and currently, for the first time in HCDC history, is the top 504 loan provider in the State of Ohio!
The Urban Land Assembly Program (ULAP) is an initiative of HCDC that seeks to assemble land and buildings in inner-ring suburbs into developable sites with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment.  Environmental concerns are often key obstacles to the redevelopment of urban sites.  To help communities decrease the unknowns about sites, ULAP is funding environmental site assessments (ESAs).  Currently two ESAs are being conducted: the CoActive Site in Lincoln Heights and the NuMaid Site in St. Bernard.

The former NuMaid site in St. Bernard is one of the sites targeted by HCDC for redevelopment.

Small business expansion and entrepreneurs continue to account for much of the growth in Hamilton County.  This year, HCBC has attracted 7 new clients into the facility and graduated 2 tenants to communities within Hamilton County. The success of HCBC’s clientele is evidenced by 3 HCBC entrepreneurs receiving nominations for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.  HCBC now is home to 41 tenants – over 40% of which are high-tech companies.  Not content to rest on their laurels, HCBC partnered with BioStart, Emerging Concepts and UC to create SoundingBoard.  SoundingBoard provides start-up entrepreneurs access to 8-12 subject matter experts that critique business plans and presentations of participants.  SoundingBoard opens new doors to early-stage financing for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Demonstrating Hamilton County’s E-Gov initiative, HCDC recently launched its new website (www.hcdc.com) to provide new online tools to local businesses.  The website contains information regarding business financing, tax incentives, local demographics, and a searchable index of available local properties ready for development. The website is the first of its kind to offer the online submission of tax incentive applications within the State of Ohio.


Stuckey named to lead Administrative Services

Eric Stuckey is the new Assistant County Administrator for Administrative Services.

Hamilton County announced today the appointment of Eric Stuckey as the new Assistant County Administrator for Administrative Services.  Mr. Stuckey, who currently serves as the Senior Assistant County Administrator, began his service with Hamilton County in August 2000.  In addition to his service with Hamilton County, Mr. Stuckey’s 10-year public service career has included five years as the Assistant City Manager and Budget Director in Elgin, Illinois and service in Dayton, Ohio’s Office of Management and Budget. Eric is a Cum Laude graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree with honors from the University of Kansas.


According to County Administrator David Krings, “Eric Stuckey has proven himself to be a valuable professional of considerable ability during his time with Hamilton County. He has taken on many important assignments and handled them well.  We are fortunate to have someone with Eric’s talents and abilities on staff. I am confident in Eric’s ability to meet the challenges of this new position.”

“I am excited by the opportunity and look forward to serving the citizens of Hamilton County in this new role,” stated Stuckey. “I look forward to working with a strong team currently in place to building on the department’s and the County’s  record of excellence.” 

The Department of Administrative Services is responsible for the development and implementation of Hamilton County’s $2 billion budget. In addition to budget and financial matters, other services provided through the department include management of County-owned sports stadiums and riverfront parking operations, central purchasing services, grants management, risk management, and small, minority- and female-owned business development. For the past eight consecutive years, Hamilton County has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Presentation Award, the highest recognition possible for local governmental budgeting. 

The Administrative Service position became vacant in January when Suzanne Burke became the Director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. Mr. Stuckey was selected from a field of approximately 90 candidates in a nation-wide search.

Eric lives in Anderson Township with his wife and two young children.


Hamilton County Exceeds Solid Waste Reduction Goals

The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District (District) announced that they have exceeded the waste reduction goals mandated in the 1995 Ohio Solid Waste Management Plan.  The plan required Hamilton County to achieve a 25% reduction rate in the residential/commercial waste stream, and a 50% reduction rate in the industrial waste stream by the year 2000. 

Recently released data from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) shows that Hamilton County achieved a reduction rate of 26.58% in the residential/commercial sector, and 86.27% in the industrial sector in the year 2000. 

"This is excellent news for Hamilton County,” said Jeff Aluotto, manager for Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District.  “Our Solid Waste Management Plan was truly written as a partnership between local communities, businesses and the recycling industry.  The fact that we've exceeded the State goals is a testament to the effort that all of these partners have put forth in providing the public with needed services while protecting our environment."

The District credits reaching the industrial rate to the recycling of large quantities of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  In the residential/commercial sector, yardwaste and paper represented the greatest proportion of materials recycled.  Over 1.1 million tons of materials were recycled in Hamilton County in the year 2000.  Still, over 1.2 million tons were landfilled. 

Recycling has never been more important, and there is still work to be done.  Hamilton County faces future challenges in finding cost-effective ways to continue to increase the County’s diversion rate, and assisting residents and businesses in dealing with new waste streams such as computers and electronics.

Recycling saves energy and natural resources when compared with landfilling and the manufacturing of new products.  Recycling reduces air emissions, reduces the need for new landfill expansions and has a positive economic impact.  According to a recently released study by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the recycling industry in Ohio employs over 98,000 people and generates annual sales of $22.5 billion.

The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District is responsible for solid waste and recycling planning in the county.  This includes encouraging and implementing recycling and waste reduction programs for communities and industry.  The District would like to thank the residents and businesses in Hamilton County and encourages all sectors of the public to continue with their recycling efforts.

For more information, please contact Jeff Aluotto at (513) 946-7719, or visit www.hcdoes.org.


"Give and Gain" Clothing Drive May 13-17 
Hamilton County employees are asked to donate business attire to help participants in the "Back on Track" program prepare for interviews and work in  business settings.  The "Give and Gain" clothing drive will take place in various county buildings from May 13 through 17. The following items will be accepted:
bulletMen's and women's business suits
bulletBlouses/dress shirts 
bulletDress slacks/pants
bulletMen's and women's shoes
bulletSkirts and dresses
bulletTies, watches, and purse
Just look for the big "Gain" boxes located in lobby of  the County Administration Building, 800 Broadway, 230 East 9th Street and the Courthouse.  Thanks to all who donate for helping those in need.


Victims Rights commemorated

In honor of National Victims Rights Week, County Commissioners were presented with a donated American Flag.  



Hamilton County Offers Free Informational Seminar For Small, Minority- & Female-Owned Businesses

The Hamilton County Office of Small, Minority & Female Business Development is offering its third free informational seminar titled, “How Hamilton County Conducts Business.”  The seminar is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at the Hamilton County Business Center, 1776 Mentor Avenue in Norwood.
Through informational seminars, Small Business owners have the opportunity to learn about County purchasing processes and are able to network with one another. 

The purpose of this seminar is to help small, minority- and female-owned businesses interested in working with the County by providing specific information regarding how Hamilton County does business.  Topics discussed will include the County’s process for the purchase of goods and/or services via competitive bidding and professional service selection process.  Participants will have the opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with County personnel, presenters, other small business owners, and representatives of various small business resources (e.g., Hamilton County Business Center, African American Chamber of Commerce, and South Central Ohio Minority Business Council).  A continental breakfast, lunch and parking will be provided.

Although there is no fee to attend, registration is required, and participation is limited to the first 40 registrants (only one person per organization please).  The next seminar will be in the fall.  Previous sessions were held on December 7, 2001 and February 22, 2002.  The seminars have been well received with full registration at the previous sessions.  To date sixty-four (64) small, minority- and/or female-owned businesses have participated. 

For more information, please call Bernice Walker at (513) 946-4323.  Visit www.hamilton-co.org/das/sbe1.htm for more details about Hamilton County’s Small Business Program.


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Hello, Hamilton County is published twice each month.  It is placed on both the County's internal and external Web pages.  It is design to enlighten and inform both citizens and employees of Hamilton County.  If you have questions or suggestions for future editions, contact Erica Binford (946-4324), Sharon Booker (946-4428) or Eric Stuckey (946-4432) in the County Administrator's Office or e-mail to eric.stuckey@hamilton-co.org.