In a primarily residential community such as Upper Arlington, it is easy to forget how vital all local businesses, large or small, are to our citizens' quality of life and our city's economic well-being.
Recognizing their importance, Upper Arlington's Community and Economic Development Department has joined with the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce in crafting the 2014 economic development business and retention survey.
The survey provides local businesses an avenue through which to give feedback about running a business in Upper Arlington and gives the city and chamber key insight on how we can better serve the needs of local businesses.
We ask that any business located within Upper Arlington complete this survey at their earliest convenience but no later than Tuesday, July 1.
To complete the survey online, look for the link under the Headlines section of our homepage, at uaoh.net.
On the morning of Saturday, May 10, UA will be under siege by 100-plus Scouts and alumni who mean business when it comes to keeping our natural waterways healthy and free of trash.
This year, our Swamp Romp organizers have opened their activities up to the community as a whole.
Participants will convene between 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Thompson Park north shelter to register and enjoy a pancake breakfast.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., representatives from the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District will welcome everyone and provide information about the importance of conservancy projects such as this, as well as go over the work ahead.
Then, from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m., teams will head out to various locations, roll up their sleeves and start collecting trash.
For details, call Jim Palmer at 614-583-5360.
Wall of Honor
One of my favorite spring events is the annual Wall of Honor ceremony, which this year is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Municipal Services Center.
For 2014, the Historical Society has chosen Mary Egerton Miller as the inductee.
Miller was a champion of women's rights as well as a selfless volunteer and community activist. Her leadership helped to make Ohio the 33rd state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
After the ERA was ratified in 1974, she wanted to ensure that Ohio's laws came into compliance and so she formed and chaired Gov. John Gilligan's Ohio Coalition for the Implementation of the ERA.
Please consider joining me in honoring these former citizens May 18. For more information or to see previous honorees, visit the city's website at uaoh.net.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.