Welcome to Greenfield, Ohio:
Annual Report notes improved
outlook in Greenfield during 2015
Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey presented his annual report to Greenfield Council on January 20, 2016, providing a snapshot of our "Greene Countrie Towne" during 2015. There were achievements of note, including the beginning and near completion of the Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project, the arrival of Corvac Composites and the promise of new jobs in the future, and many examples of local investment in the community. The village government provided reliable services to citizens, while festivals and special events throughout the year added spice to each season. "Greenfield remains a safe and interesting place for citizens to live, work and raise families," said Coffey, "and as we continue to work together, the future looks bright indeed."
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From the city manager
Welcome to Greenfield!
Welcome to Greenfield! I invite you to visit us to enjoy all that our southern Ohio community has to offer.
We have interesting shops, fast food and slow food, modern amenities and enough history to fill several books by F.R. Harris and others. We also have a lifestyle that is laid back and connected to the natural wonders in these parts, such as three state parks nearby, an 18-hole golf course, biking and hiking trails and much more.
In Greenfield you will find one of the finest public school campuses in the state. Edward Lee McClain High School houses a large and inimitable art collection designed to inspire students -- a long-lasting gift from a generous benefactor who made Greenfield his home. In 2015 McClain High School observed its centennial with a big celebration over Labor Day Weekend.
I was born and raised in Greenfield and have found it to be a wonderful community with which to maintain a connection. It's not that we lack challenges, but people here share a common bond and work together to solve problems and advance good causes.
We offer a safe environment with quality services and an excellent hospital in the Adena Greenfield Medical Center. The cost of living here is relatively low, and people come for many reasons, including inexpensive housing, the location close to numerous rural attractions, and the relaxed lifestyle. Some people choose Greenfield as a place to have a career and to raise their children in an environment featuring middle class American values. Others come for weekend getaways, and to get away from the rat race. Yet we are not far away from three major cities: Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
The year 2015 has been a year of investment in Greenfield! Our 29.5 miles of railroad are being rehabilitated, creating a benefit for Greenfield and the region. The housing market is up, jobs are coming from a new employer, and current employers are experiencing growth. Restaurants have been built, rehabbed, or have moved to Greenfield to feed our hungry people. There's a great opportunity for retail business at this time. Opportunities abound!
There are many reasons why people like to spend time in Greenfield. We are looking ahead to a bright future. Perhaps you will come for a festival, a sporting event, or to enjoy the natural beauty found in this part of Ohio. We are open for work and play, and invite you to come to our corner of northeast Highland County and see what Greenfield is all about. You may not stay a lifetime, we feel that you will enjoy whatever time you spend here.
AN AERIAL VIEW OF GREENFIELD'S PADDLE ON PAINT CREEKFEST
Brian Carle posted some drone footage of the Paddle on Paint Creekfest that took place May 17, 2015 and the view is magnificent! The images can be viewed on youtube by clicking HERE.
Paddle on Paint Creekfest takes place on the third Sunday of May and is sponsored by Greening Greater Greenfield, also known as G3.
GREENFIELD RAIL LINE
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS UNDER WAY
The Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project commenced in June 2015 with the contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, working to improve the bridges, crossings, rail and signals along 29.5 miles of railroad from Greenfield to Midland.
The project comes with a price tag of about $4 million and is largely funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration, with supplemental grants from the state of Ohio, county and local support.
The EDA grant investment is for $2,625,788. Thus far, the project has created 94 jobs, retained 776 jobs, and leveraged more than $10 million in private investment.
"The Village of Greenfield is grateful to the EDA and the various state agencies who are supporting this project," said City Manager Ron Coffey. "In addition, the Highland County Commissioners, Highland County Engineer, Village of Leesburg, and several employers have contributed towards making this project a reality."
HDR Engineering is the project engineer, and Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract in March following a competitive bidding process.
The photos on this page show some of the construction activity. The project was more than 90% complete at the end of 2015.
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