Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

September 20, 2000


Quote of the Week: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."                                                                     -Frank Herbert



Vigil to be held at Paul Brown Stadium
Hamilton County, along with community partners including the Red Cross and various media outlets will join together to hold a community candlelight vigil this Friday at Paul Brown Stadium. 

The "Cincinnati Cares Freedom Rally" will be held at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for the event, which promises to bring the community together for an evening of music and reflection on last week’s tragic terrorist attacks on our country. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting donations at the gates and throughout the stadium. Glow sticks will be distributed at the gates to participants in the community vigil.

Hamilton County Commission President John Dowlin stated, "We must make the best of every opportunity to unite our community at this time. It’s only right that we bring the community together for a vigil to reflect on what has happened to our nation, to pray for the survivors and remember those who have lost their lives. We also need to pray for President Bush and our nation’s leaders as they plan our nation’s response."

Commissioner Tom Neyer added, "This is a difficult time for our nation and for our community. The recent attacks will not dampen our American spirit and unity. Together we will show our unity of purpose and our care for our fellow countrymen and women."

Stated Commissioner Todd Portune, "Our citizens have an important opportunity on Friday night to reflect on this recent tragedy and the assault against our nation, but more importantly to gain strength in that which unites us, a love of country, and a commitment to a better, stronger America."

There will be no charge for parking for the event. The Hamilton County Sheriff and the Cincinnati Police are taking additional security measures. No concessions will be provided at the event and participants will not be permitted to bring coolers or beverage containers.

We hope to see you there on Friday night for what promises to be a meaningful community event.

How to Deal with the Tragedy of Terrorist Activity

The following information was provided by Life Management Systems, the County's Employee Assistance Program provider.

The Tragic and momentous events of the past several days in our nation have had almost immeasurable impact on our lives.  Life Management Systems would like to offer a special reminder that disruptive disturbances in our emotions, ability to concentrate, energy, and coping skills are normal in the face of traumatic events.  We may also find ourselves struggling with explaining these events to our children.  Children, like adults, can show the stress of a situation such as the recent attacks in many ways.

Please remember that confidential counseling regarding any of the above matters is available, at no cost, to employees and their household family members through Life Management Systems EAP.  You can call confidentially to speak with an EAP counselor at (513) 326-2469 or 1-800-733-0257.  Also consider keeping these suggestions in mind over the coming days:  

¨      Limit TV viewing.  You will want to keep abreast of the news, but do not overdo it.  Remember that your children will be particularly vulnerable to seeing scary to confusing images over and over.  Turn the TV off and talk to your children about what they are feeling.  

¨      Maintain and/or establish meaningful routines.  One of the problems with traumatic events is that they seem random and chaotic.  Combat these feelings by emphasizing things like family meals, group activities, spirituality, and family discussions of events.  Maintaining as predictable routine as possible especially helps children cope.

¨      Expect less of yourself.  You may feel fatigued, have difficulty focusing, or find your moods swinging more than usual.  This is normal.  You may need to temporarily re-evaluate how much you can put on your plate.  If you have children, they need more of your time and attention right now.  Be honest with yourself about realistic priorities.

¨      Reassure your children.  Let kids know about all the things that are being done by you and others to keep them safe.  Do not worry if a child asks you a question that you cannot answer.  Children do not need you to predict the future for them.  They need to know that they are loved and that grown-ups who love them are working to protect them. 

¨        These are scary events.  Do not be afraid to ask for help.



A Message from County Personnel regarding our recent tragedy:

It is too soon to know how profoundly the events of September 11th will affect our personal and work lives. However, what we share in our communities, at home, and on the job, and our common values will help us move forward and bind our wounds.

There is one Civil Treatment message we must stress. We cannot allow anger over this week's catastrophes to spill into hostile words or actions or mistreatment directed at anyone on the assumption that their ethnicity or heritage connects them to those who committed these catastrophic acts. Such conduct would be as deplorable and vile as any of the forms or racial, sexual, or ethnic discrimination and harassment that have marred our country's great history and still linger. We remind all Hamilton County managers and employees that related assumptions and conduct based on ethnicity do not belong in workplaces committed to civil, professional, and lawful operations.

We know our sense of community, history and heritage, faith, and courage will carry us through this period of anguish and horror.

Hamilton County Business Center celebrates the Graduation of 9 small businesses
On September 13, 2001, the Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC), a mixed use business incubator located in Norwood, celebrated the "graduation" of nine (9) companies to Hamilton County communities. 
Happy "Graduates" from the Hamilton County business incubator

The ceremony was highlighted by a keynote address from Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director of the Cincinnati USA Tech Initiative, who spoke on the need for improvement in small business creation in Greater Cincinnati and the need for improved use of business assistance tools, such as HCBC, by start-up ventures.

The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an excellent 12 months for HCBC in which the following companies graduated:

Company Name

Company graduated to the following community

Anything Goes!…In a Basket

City of Cincinnati


Anderson Township

Intracellular Imaging

City of Cincinnati

Jerry Hof & Co.


Netburg Internet

Blue Ash

Maverick Corporation

Blue Ash

Premier Mailing Services

City of Cincinnati

Process Automation

St. Bernard

Radial Access

St. Bernard

In addition to the graduation of nine companies, HCBC and its clients had the following successes during the past 12 months:
bulletClient companies generated over $23.6 million in revenues
bulletAttained nearly $11.4 million in angel (early start-up investment) and venture capital
bulletCreated 54 new jobs
bulletPartnered with Cincinnati Bell to install a 10 meg fiber pipe to the campus
bulletCompleted an additional 8,000 square feet of incubation space in the 1775 Mentor Avenue building

In closing the graduation ceremony, Patrick Longo, Director of HCBC stated the following: "These 9 graduates represent the true meaning of entrepreneurship – they all possessed a vision, created a plan, and implemented the plan to success. Each company had different goals and objectives. And for each, the excitement of reaching those goals has been a challenge. HCBC understands that none of these businesses traveled a straight line to success, but we are very proud that they persevered and accomplished much on their way to today!"

With graduation comes the enviable task of securing the next class of successful incubator clients. If you know of an entrepreneur who could benefit from the "HCBC experience", please have them contact Patrick Longo at (513) 631-8292.

Attend the Ohio State Use Trade Show:  See How Ohioans with Disabilities can help you
Hamilton County Commissioners again encourage attendance at the Ohio State Use programs upcoming trade show. This trade show is presented by the State Use Program to give Community Rehabilitation Programs an opportunity to present information on the products and services available for purchase. 

Available information will include many of the ways you can purchase excellent product and services provided by Ohioans with disabilities.  Community Rehabilitation Programs from the local area will provide information and demonstrations of the value of the resources available from their agencies, which assist Ohio citizens with disabilities in achieving economic independence through work.

The event will be held at the William Howard Taft Building at 237 William Howard Taft Road from 10:00a.m. -1:00p.m on Friday, September 28, 2001. All Hamilton county employees and official with purchasing authority are encourage to attend.  


Environmental Services and Reds team up to promote recycling

The Department of Environmental Services has teamed up with the Cincinnati Reds and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) to help develop and implement a recycling program at Cinergy Field. This pilot program, designed to
 recycle PET containers, took place on August 23, 2001, after the Red’s game as the cleaning crew began their job of cleaning up the stadium. As trash was collected, PET bottles were separated and stored to be recycled. 

Examples of PET bottles include plastic beer bottles, water bottles, and soda bottles. These bottles are one of the newest problems in the recycling industry, as they have replaced easily recycled glass and aluminum containers. It is especially difficult to recycle PET bottles due to their low weight to volume ratio. The amber colored plastic beer bottles, which make up approximately 40% of the PET bottles, have chemical properties that make them especially difficult to recycle, adding to the overall problem. 

Although the attendance for the game was relatively low, the cleaning crew collected 390 pounds of plastic bottles. All bottles collected were transported to Evergreen Plastics in northern Ohio where they will be recycled into industrial strapping. NAPCOR and Environmental Services will conduct another pilot recycling program during the 2002 season  

This photo shows just some of the waste collected following a recent Red's game that will now be recycled thanks to a joint effort between the Reds and Hamilton County Environmental Services.

with the hopes of instituting a permanent recycling program in the Great American Ballpark. In the meantime, Environmental Services will be working with the staff at Cinergy Field during the off-season to locate closer markets for this recycling program.

The Department of Environmental Services would like to thank the cleaning crew at Cinergy Field for their participation and all those who helped with the project, especially Declan Mullin and Steve Sears with the Cincinnati Reds, for partnering with us on this project. For more information on how you can become more involved in your community’s recycling program, call our 24-hour recycling hotline at 946-7741 or visit our web-site at www.hcdoes.org. For more information on this and other community recycling programs, call Holly Christmann at 946-7705 or Sue Magness at 946-7736.


Make your Nominations for 2001 National Caring Award
The Caring Institute is currently accepting nominations for the 2001 National Caring awards. These awards recognize and honor those who are "working to make the world a better place."

Nominees should provide examples of extraordinary commitment to public service and social responsibility. Nominees should demonstrate selflessness, exhibit a long-term commitment to service and the betterment of society, and have a significant impact on the lives of others in their community, nation or the world.

More information on this award is available at www.caringinstitute.org.


Over-The-Rhine Clean-up Postponed
Due to the recent events and the postponement of Oktoberfest until this weekend, 55 WKRC radio has decided to move the Over-The-Rhine Clean up from this Saturday, September 22nd, until October. The specific date has not yet been determined. Check the next edition of Hello Hamilton County for updated information.  The event organizers hope those who signed up to volunteer will still be able to do so.


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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.