To the editor:

To the editor:

Many people have asked me, where do we go from here?

We all have a role in the success of our city: Government, business, nonprofits and residents.

As a person who does business development for a living I can tell you first hand that businesses are coming to Ohio and the economy in certain sectors and areas is moving forward with vibrancy and with great excitement. Geographically, Grove City sits amid one of the nation's most exciting and dynamic regional communities. We have some of the best hospitals, universities, arts and sport venues just fifteen minutes from our doorstep.

Private enterprise is the engine that provides prosperity and jobs. Government can provide an environment and venue that make prosperity possible, and we can do that in three ways.

First it needs to be understood that no government at any level creates prosperity or jobs.

Government's role is first to provide the best possible services; police, fire-EMS, infrastructure and code enforcement, roads, sewer and water.

The second thing that government can do is to create the amenities that will make business and residents want to call our city home. Walkable tree lined streets and bike paths with passive and interactive parks create an atmosphere that attracts patrons and residents to an area.

Thirdly, government should support nonprofit efforts, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Visitor and Convention Bureau and the town center-Main Street Program efforts to attract, market, and solicit new businesses and patrons to the area. These groups are comprised of business and property owners and service providers that have a vested interest in our community's success. They need to be empowered and encouraged to accomplish their mission.

How does this relate to our town center? Our town center has a visionary plan that we accepted almost two years ago and it is as relevant today as it was then. The implementation of the infrastructure portions of the plan, such as tree-lined streets, sidewalks and lighting referred to as the "Green Frame" is the government's job and must be addressed as soon as possible.

Governments have historically stood in the way of economic development and job creation by thinking they were the answer.

Grove City's town center is facing critical period and its citizens, the city, nonprofit professional organizations and businesses must step forward and meet that challenge.

With everyone focusing on their individual role, in partnership, we will succeed and we will be able to answer the question, "Where do we go from here?"

Ted Berry

Grove City Council member