January 2018 Meeting

Had a packed house at our January meeting focusing on the Safer Whitehall Initiative . We hope to see you at the next one!

To attend the full business safety training class click here.


Safer Whitehall Jan. '18

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Whitehall Gets YMCA

An old activity building at Whitehall Community Park is in for a major overhaul that will turn it into a community gathering place with craft space, a kitchen and an “airnasium.”

The city announced a partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio Tuesday to renovate and expand the building and make it a hub for recreation, learning and the arts. It’s a $5.5 million project.

As we reported last month, the city has a new master plan for the park that includes expanding it from 60 acres to 85 acres.

For the full story in Columbus Business First click here.

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October Lunch Mob at MCL

Thank you to all who attended our October Lunch Mob at MCL. We are excited to have MCL as a new member of the Chamber!

MCL Lunch mob

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Member featured in the Wall Street Journal

WACC member Wyandotte Athletic Club had their unique virtual reality workout program featured in the Wall Street Journal.


You can read the full article here.

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‘Microhospital’ Proposed for Whitehall

A second microhospital is proposed for Franklin County, a 15-bed facility in Whitehall on the site of a closed Applebee’s, according to an item to be introduced Tuesday at City Council.

The location, 4600 E. Broad St., compounds the mystery of what health system would operate the 18,600-square-foot facility. Developer Embree Asset Group Inc. typically works with local or regional health systems to operate its microhospitals.

All four Columbus-based systems said they had no agreement with Embree.

Embree, based just outside Austin, Texas, also is seeking to build a 15-bed hospital in Dublin. In each building, eight of the rooms are designated for inpatient stays; the rest are for treatment and exams. The trend toward microhospitals is another way to get care for less-serious cases in more convenient settings, most often in more affluent suburbs.

For the full story on Columbus Business First click here.

Embree Asset Group Rendering

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Inaugural WACC Awards

We had a great time celebrating our Inaugural Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon winners. Please join us in congratulating the following winners:



Business to Business “B2B” Award – Flavor 91 Bistro and 2 Tones Brewing – These businesses were able to form a partnership after last year’s after hours Chamber event. 2 Tones Brewing is now sold on tap at Flavor 91. Their partnership demonstrates how two businesses can make a connection through the Chamber that helps not only each other but also strengthens our business community in Whitehall.


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Transformation Award – Victory Ministries – Victory Ministries re-purposed a strip mall along Main Street to create the Center of Hope facility which houses a number of social services. The property went from being a multi-tenant building to a beautiful single user facility.

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Community Ambassador Award – Lois Kolada and Priority Designs – Lois serves as the Secretary of the WACC but also helps many other organizations in the area including Whitehall City Schools. We thank her for all of her dedication to the Whitehall community.

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Residential Property Values up 17% in Whitehall

Franklin County homeowners will pay on average about 2 percent more in property taxes next year based on appraisal estimates released July 17 by county Auditor Clarence Mingo.


Taxpayers can blame a booming housing market for the increase. Mingo’s office concluded that home values rose 14 percent since property values were last updated three years ago.


“To the extent the double-digit increases are shocking to taxpayers, it’s only because we lived previously with values increasing marginally or even decreasing,” Mingo said.


For the full story on ThisWeek News click here.


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Whitehall Golf Dome Sold to Make Room for New Development

The city of Whitehall received less than a windfall in ridding itself of a massive inflatable dome last week, but it gained something it considers more valuable than money: marketable real estate in a prime location.


Although an online auction to sell the former Four Seasons Golf Center’s 86,000-square-foot, 85-foot-tall inflatable dome on East Broad Street netted just $1,750, Whitehall officials aren’t worried.


“Sure, we had hoped for a little more money, but we are happy it is going away — at the buyer’s expense, I might add — and we wish (the buyer) well,” Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff said after a two-week online auction administered by Auction Ohio closed July 18.


The golf dome — which the auction site said could cost up to $750,000 new — had served as central Ohio’s only indoor driving range until Four Seasons, 5000 E. Broad St., shut down Feb. 28.


“Now, we can move on to the important goal of developing this land,” Woodruff said.


For the full story in ThisWeek news click here.

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July Membership Meeting – “Boosting Your Website Presence”

We had a very informative meeting with guest speaker Charone Monday on how to improve your website and the advantages of mobile apps.

Please check out our events page for details on our next guest speaker!

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May Membership Lunch – Goodwill Inc.

Had a great turnout to hear the CEO of Goodwill Inc. speak about the value of hiring employees with disabilities. We hope to see you at our next event. Please visit the events page for more details.
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