Grove City Record

Council partners with TechStart

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Grove City has entered a partnership to help promote the development of technology-based businesses in the area.

On Monday, July 21, Grove City Council voted 4-0 to authorize an agreement between the city and TechColumbus. The regional agency promotes business growth and job creation by working with entrepreneurs and investors to develop and launch technology-based startup companies and growing young companies that will provide the "jobs of the future," according to language in the agreement.

As part of the agreement, the city will pay TechColumbus a total of $50,000 this year and next year as part of the agency's TechStart program. The primary purpose of the TechStart program, according to the agreement, is to "provide consistent, coordinated, effective and accessible assistance to technology entrepreneurs to catalyze the launch of new technology based businesses."

Council President Ted Berry, Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw, Councilman Steve Bennett and Councilman Jeff Davis voted for the agreement. Councilwoman Laura Lanese, whose husband is a minority owner in a business that works with TechColumbus, was excused from the vote.

"The partnership allows TechColumbus to work with entrepreneurs in Grove City," said TechColumbus President and CEO Tom Walker at council's meeting Monday. "It allows us to network with corporations in your region."

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said the city's objective in the agreement is "pretty selfish."

"We want to be the first call of prospects," he said. "We appreciate (the) partnership."

In other news from Monday night's council meeting:

* City Administrator Chuck Boso said the findings of a study being conducted by Braun & Steidl Architects, the firm hired by Southwest Public Libraries for the Grove City Library project, are expected by July 31.

Council previously authorized the study, at a cost of $30,000, to determine the feasibility of extending Columbus Street through the proposed site of the new library near the intersection Grant Street and Broadway.

The study also includes a "retail impact analysis" to see how much land could be opened up for future development on back parcels of Broadway.

Council and the administration are expected to discuss the findings of the study at their meeting Aug. 4.

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