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"Together, we can make Pickerington ready for the future."  

Ready For The Future​


Some of us grew up in Pickerington. Many more have moved here. Today, we all call it home. Central Ohio is expanding quickly and growth is coming our way. I believe we need to focus on smart development that will make Pickerington a place we want to continue to call home – months from now, next year, and well into the future.

Here’s how we can make it happen:


  • Economic Development – Pickerington needs to grow its base of commercial, professional and light-manufacturing businesses. This will create jobs and help support the amenities and infrastructure our growing city needs. Currently, we have no business park, prime lots close to I-70 and U.S. 33 remain vacant, and entrepreneurs need more support to build their businesses. We can do better.

 

  • Neighborhood Investment – Pickerington has wonderful schools and a fantastic mix of neighborhoods at price points that appeal to new homeowners, families, move-up buyers and retirees. Yet many neighborhood streets suffer from potholes or missing sidewalks, and services like leaf pickup don’t always happen as scheduled. We owe it to our residents to make regular, scheduled investments in all our city neighborhoods.


  • A Vibrant Downtown – Small businesses in Olde Pickerington Village are doing their best to create an engaging downtown, but they need support. In 2017, the City of Pickerington paid consultants $35,000 to create a downtown vision and development plan that offers solutions for parking, mixed-used development, and increased vibrancy, yet the city has not adopted it or moved forward with its recommendations (read the plan here). This is both a wasted opportunity, and a waste of tax dollars.


  • Sidewalks and Bike Paths – For many in Pickerington, the only way to access the old village for events or parks like Sycamore Creek Park and Pickerington Ponds is to drive. The installation of more sidewalks and bike paths, especially along Pickerington Road, would help to connect our neighborhoods and knit our community closer together.

 

  • Regional Cooperation – Columbus has become the 14th largest city in the nation, surpassing in population the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and even San Francisco. This growth shows few signs of slowing and our corner of Central Ohio is in a prime position to take advantage of it – but only if we work together with our neighbors. Our location makes us a linchpin for southeast Central Ohio, and Pickerington’s size should make us a leader. However, our city is too often taking a go-it-alone approach that is counterproductive for its residents and our region. Cooperation, instead of antagonism for the municipal governments of Violet Township, Canal Winchester, Reynoldsburg, and Columbus, is critical for building a successful and attractive region of Central Ohio that draws new residents and businesses to our community.