Newark-based Ambassador Title Agency is teaming up with Licking County leaders, the Licking Area Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses and professionals to share information about investing in the county's growth.

Newark-based Ambassador Title Agency is teaming up with Licking County leaders, the Licking Area Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses and professionals to share information about investing in the county's growth.

This year's Licking County Economic Investment Symposium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Career and Technology Education Centers, 150 Price Road in Newark.

Lee Manogg, owner of Ambassador Title, said her business hosted an investment symposium in October 2008.

"We thought it was time for an update," she said. "The purpose of the symposium is really just to be able to give the public a chance to see how those who are in a position to sell our county for investment and economic purposes how they do it."

The event will feature Adam Stypula of Park National Bank, Rob Klinger and Randy Morgan from the county economic-development department, Cheri Hottinger from the chamber of commerce, Jerry McClain, a local real estate developer, and Furman Tinon, a real estate investment specialist.

Manogg said it is important for residents to know what is going on in their communities.

"We are looking for people who are ambitious and who are public minded and who are interested in investment and investing locally in real estate," she said.

Cheri Hottinger, president of the chamber of commerce, said she plans to share information about the business climate in Licking County.

In December, the county unemployment rate was 9.6 percent -- in line with the national average of 9.7 percent. The Ohio average is 10.7 percent.

Despite the numbers, Hottinger said, the county is seeing some growth. She said she expects a few announcements of county business expansions within the next few months but didn't elaborate.

"We are not seeing the layoffs we saw," she said. "A lot of (businesses) are thinking about future expansion, whether that is two or three employees. I think 2010 looks to be a much better year than 2009 or 2008."

Tickets for the March 8 Licking County Economic Investment Symposium are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Ambassador Title Agency at (740) 345-3310. Tickets also can be purchased on the day of the event.