Merchants hear about ‘Imagine Pomeroy’ initiative

Charlene Hoeflich

August 27, 2013

POMEROY — Members of the Pomeroy Merchants Association were given an account of a proposal for community development proposed by local business leaders with guidance from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University at a recent meeting.

Paige Cleek of Front Paige Outfitters discussed the strategic planning process which have been branded “Imagine Pomeroy.”

She reported that last spring some of the community leaders of the Village of Pomeroy contacted the Voinovich School about creating a long-term vision for the village.

The initiative, according to Cleek, aims to identify goals and strategies and implement actions that will progress Pomeroy towards its vision. Currently, the initiative is focused on strategies to enhance tourism and marketing, strengthen business development opportunities, address current and anticipated housing needs, and improve the overall quality of life for residents in the Pomeroy.

Cleek noted that 18 community residents have participated in monthly meetings to identify a future vision for the village as well as goals and associated strategies to achieve the vision. Currently a survey of challenges and opportunities that exist to strengthen the business environment in the community is underway. She said the initial planning phase of the Imagine Pomeroy effort is expected to be completed by fall.

Currently a survey of business owners in the village is under way, work is moving forward on identifying core focus areas, a community profile of demographic, housing, traffic and retail market profile is being developed, and Pomeroy has partnered with a community-based growth initiative in Greenfield, Ohio to examine strategies of another successful community.

Cleek said that some fund raising is already underway, that upgrades of the mini-park are being proposed as a first step, and that more citizen involvement is encouraged.

Luke Ortman, Chamber of Commerce director, announced that business workshops will be held in October and emphasized the free advertising for local merchants is available on the Chamber web site.

The Sternwheel Festival to be held the second weekend in September was announced. This year, the Pomeroy Merchants will not be sponsoring a duck derby.

A Pomeroy village Halloween “trunk or treat” activity in the downtown was proposed with a costume contest and a photographer on site to take pictures, along with a haunted house in the mini-park.

Ways of promoting downtown businesses was discussed in the meeting conducted by Dan Short, president.