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Mr Adkins has revisited an item (on his City Manager’s Blog/CityofMiddletown.org) concerning the BUTLER COUNTY Small Business Development Center (SBCD). The original post is dated March 24, 2017.   An excerpt in new post, dated May 8, 2017, titled Economic Development Week says virtually the same thing as the old one:

“On a local scale, Middletown has seen over 20 new small businesses open in the heart of Downtown Middletown, bringing locally-made products and services right to your backyard. Not only are your local small businesses great, they’re backed by the best Small Business Development Center in the country: Middletown’s Small Business Development Center was recently named the Best SBDC of 2017, making it the first Ohio SBDC to win the national award.”

The original post had 2 comments following it...but the second comment made by whistlersmom has been edited out… because it was critical and uncomplimentary. I copied the entire post and the comments which include a reply by Adkins and posted it here just a few posts previous to this. Check it out!

Both of Adkins’ posts leave the reader with the FALSE impression that the award and all accolades belong mainly to Middletown. Nothing could be further from the truth. Again the award was NOT given to the MIDDLETOWN SBDC, but to BUTLER COUNTY SBDC in Hamilton where Director David Riggs has his office. There is a very slim chance that Riggs will be in the “Middletown office.” Middletown IS a part of Butler County SBCD, but Hamilton is where the MAJORITY of small businesses are starting up and beginning to thrive, NOT Middletown. Adkins made no answer when asked on his first post to enumerate the successful small business start-ups still in operation in Middletown and what percentage they were of the total in Butler County.   Guess why!!!!

It’s shameful that Mr. Adkins is allowed to “thrive” on half truths and innuendo. The unvarnished truth needs to be told but it’s hard to find the truth among so many years of REPEATED propaganda. Adkins is living vicariously thru others who are doing the real work. Middletown is reaping the chaff and none of the wheat.

And as Mr. Adkins has suggested, I do think about Middletown’s economic predicament on a daily basis with great sadness.

As to the rest of Adkins “points” he tried to make on the Economic Development post on his blog:

1.) The small businesses downtown have provided lower paying entry level jobs, very little gain in income tax for the city.

2.) AK Steel Research and Innovation Center moved from the “downtown” area to the Eastend and received an extended tax abatement on the property. Because it is Warren County and in Franklin City School District, Middletown might have to pay to Franklin Schools the amount they would have received in property taxes from AK.

3.) NTE Energy Power Plant brings more pollution to Middletown. We had no power plants here previous to them, so we are ADDING new pollution. We are just lucky they didn’t decide to build a coal fired power plant. We already have SunCoke, a high polluter. And AK Steel, too. It’s a shame we can’t get nice clean jobs like AK Headquarters.

4.) Has anyone seen activity at Goetz Tower’s apartment construction?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing" Edmond Burke
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