City, county and state officials gathered in Wilmington yesterday to complete the transfer of Wilmington Airpark from the international shipping company DHL to the Clinton County Port Authority . As WYSO's Emily McCord reports, the transfer of the asset couldn't come at a better time, as the county has the worst unemployment rate in Ohio.
Wilmington's future remains uncertain. Even if the recession is showing signs of ending, the town still needs to provide jobs for the many unemployed living there. But there's hope for a green economy, and Energize Clinton County has been working towards that goal for over a year now. In the final piece of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, Emily McCord explores what this year has meant for the young men who started it all.
The federal stimulus package provided at least $60 billion dollars to develop environmentally sustainable projects. There are state incentives as well. So, the idea behind Wilmington's Green Enterprise Zone was to prepare the town to take advantage of all the funding on offer. Emily McCord sat in on a community meeting, and as part of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, she reports on how the town is moving forward with going green.
Clinton County has the highest unemployment rate in Ohio. A local agriculture program called Grow Food Grow Hope in Wilmington is helping during the worst economic crisis the town has seen since the Great Depression. Yesterday, WYSO's Emily McCord reported on how the program is feeding families as they learn how to garden for food. She continues her series "Wilmington's Homegrown Hope" at the local farmers market where selling produce and goods is more important than ever.
Last year, Wilmington College received stimulus money from the Americorps Vista program to bring in volunteers for a project called "Grow Food Grow Hope". The goal is use local agriculture to help struggling families get food. Yesterday, as part of her series "Wilmington's Homegrown Hope", Emily McCord introduced us to Eric Guindon, who returned to work on the project. Today, Emily follows Eric to the backyard of one family that needs a garden.