During the July 5, 2016, City Council meeting, Mayor Glenn Elliott discussed four new ad hoc committees to be formally created at upcoming meetings. These committees will focus on retention, industrial development, affordable housing, and community volunteerism. Mayor Elliott elaborated on two of the four committees under the Mayor’s Report of the July 19 City Council meeting.

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON RETENTION

Mission Statement:
The Ad Hoc Committee on Retention is tasked with preparing and presenting to City Council a series of recommendations relating to population retention. The Committee will analyze population data and conduct research using local focus groups and other available information, and will evaluate municipal and regional policies and practices as they pertain to retention. The Committee will also share ideas and initiate discussions on issues impacting Wheeling’s retention capabilities, and it will consider both short-term and long-range strategies for improvement.

Within four months from its formation, the Committee shall finalize its formal recommendations and present them to City Council.

Members:
– Derrick McKee (Co-Chair), GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines
– Shawn Fluharty (Co-Chair), Harris Law Offices / WV State Legislature
– Erin Carenbauer, Carenbauer Distributing Corp.
– Joelle Connors, AEP
– Dalton Haas, Altmeyer Funeral Homes
– Blake Humphrey, West Virginia University Student Government
– Elizabeth James, Americorps
– Jason Koegler, West Liberty University
– Chris Rouhier, Wheeling Jesuit University
– Ron Scott, Jr., Youth Services Systems / OVAASA
– Allison Skibo, City of Wheeling
– Andy Thalman, Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser & Altmeyer
– Will Turani, Orrick
– Carrie White, West Liberty University
– Ric Zambito, Zambito Flooring America

AD HOC COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

Mission Statement:

The Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Industrial Development is tasked with preparing and presenting to City Council a series of recommendations for the City’s overall preparedness in the event that the proposed Ethane Cracker Plant is ultimately constructed in Dilles Bottom, Ohio. The Committee will consider both the short-term and long-range impacts that such a development could have on Wheeling’s economy, infrastructure, roadways, school systems, labor force, housing market, and environment. The Committee will also seek to identify opportunities to encourage and coordinate targeted investment opportunities in related regional industrial development, with a particular focus on identifying available resources within Wheeling city limits.

Within six months from its formation, the Committee shall finalize its formal recommendations and present them to City Council.

Members:
– Peter Holloway (Chair), Hazlett, Burt & Watson
– Erikka Storch, Wheeling Chamber of Commerce
– Frank O’Brien, Wheeling CVB
– Olivia Litman, Wheeling CVB
– Lloyd Adams, City of Wheeling (Retired)
– Bengy Swanson, Iron Workers Local 549
– David Croft, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
– Tom Connor, IBEW
– Eddie D’Aquilla, Pipefitters
– Art Musicaro, National Road Utility
– Doug Patterson, Marshall County CVB
– Rick Jones, Ohio County Schools
– Brian Harto, Ohio County Schools
– Joelle Connors, AEP
– Joe Eddy, Eagle Manufacturing
– Craig O’Leary, Regional Economic Development Partnership

The ad hoc committees on affordable housing and community volunteerism will be further developed and discussed during City Council meetings in August.



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