On Thursday, October 8th an assortment of Mayor's, guests and State/National Representatives gathered in Jackson, Ohio to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mayor's Partnership for Progress. Mayor Randy Heath (Jackson) thanked the three founding members that were in attendance: Tom Evans, former mayor of Jackson, Joe Sulzer, former Mayor of Chillicothe and Joe Matthews, Mayor of Marietta. The many guests offered best wishes for another 20 years for the MPP. You can see the Proclamations that were presented that evening on the links page.
Mayor's Partnership for Progress meeting at the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (Athens, Ohio) to honor National Service volunteers in Appalachian Ohio: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, RSVP and AmeriCorps at the Mayor's Day of Recognition of National Service. Mayors: Goosman (Amesville) Wiehl (Athens) Johnson (Somerset) Matthews (Marietta) Wolf (Glouster) Heitman (Zaleski) Pelletier (Wellston) Gerlach (Middleport) with FGP, RSVP and AmeriCorps volunteers.
The nation’s mayors and county executives are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on .
As of February 12, 2015 the Mayor’s registered in Ohio are:
Michael P. Summers
D. Michael Collins
The nation’s mayors and county executives are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015.
On April 1, 2014, the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service united mayors across the country to spotlight the impact of national service and honor those who serve. Altogether, 1,760 mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these mayors represent more than 110 million citizens, or one-third of all Americans.
Cities of Service ApproachCities of Service efforts focus on "impact volunteering"—volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes to measure progress. Through comprehensive planning, meaningful partnerships, wide-reaching collaboration, and national advocacy, Cities of Service cities use citizen volunteers to make meaningful change for their communities.
Cities of Service Coalition BenefitsAt no cost to the city, coalition members receive targeted training, ongoing programmatic and logistical guidance and support, funding opportunities, print and online resources, potential press and peer recognition for your city. Coalition cities participate together in a community of practice, have access to customized volunteer-matching websites at a highly discounted rate, and are given the opportunity to represent Cities of Service and their cities at regional, national, and international conferences and meetings.
A Proclamation April 1, 2014
Mayor, Gary Goosman
Whereas: More than 42,000 Ohioans of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Ohio.
Whereas: More than 65,000 hours of service, valued at $1,249,995, are provided in Athens County every year through volunteers in Americorps, VISTA, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP
Whereas: More than 13,000 seniors in Ohio contribute talents in one of three Senior Corps programs. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 3,800 young people who have special needs. Senior Companions help more than 1,300 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. RSVP volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, protect the environment, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 1,800 groups across Ohio.
Whereas: This year is the 40th anniversary of the Senior Companion program which allows our elders to stay living in their own homes with dignity and safety.
Whereas: The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development engages more than 200 volunteers in Athens County to serve in schools, Head Start Centers and at numerous other non-profits.
Whereas: Ohio University and Rural Action engage more than 25 Americorps volunteers each year contributing more than 40,000 hours of service to families and seniors in need in Athens County.
Whereas: Volunteers add to the vitality, health and prosperity of Amesville and other communities.
Whereas: This initiative is being led by the U.S. Conference of Mayors; the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; and other organizations.
Therefore, I, Gary Goosman, Mayor of the Village of Amesville do proclaim April 1, 2014 “Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service” in Amesville, Ohio.
Gary Goosman, Mayor, Village of Amesville, Ohio
Mayor’s Day of Recognition to return in 2014
On April 9, 2013, the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service united Mayors across the country to spotlight the impact of national service and honor those who serve. Altogether, 832 Mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these Mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens, or nearly one-third of all Americans.
The nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost effective strategy to address city challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will particpate in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014.
On this day, mayors will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 832 Mayors representing nearly 100 million citizens participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; the National League of Cities; and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Effective January 1, 2014, the Ohio minimum wage will increase by 10 cents, from $7.85 per hour to $7.95 per hour. The Ohio minimum wage for “tipped employees” will increase from $3.93 per hour to $3.98 per hour, plus tips.
If you are an Ohio employer with annual gross receipts of more than $292,000 (previously $288,000), you must pay the Ohio minimum wage. If you are an Ohio employer and your annual gross receipts are $292,000 or less, then Ohio law requires you to pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour (unchanged since July 2009).
The above increases are the result of the amendment to Ohio’s Constitution passed by Ohio voters in 2006, which tied Ohio’s minimum wage to the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
An updated Ohio minimum wage poster for 2014 can be found here.
If you have any questions about this Human Resources E-Alert or any other employment law issue, please contact Elizabeth C. Stock at 513.870.6698 or any other member of the Bricker & Eckler Employment and Labor Group.
Upcoming Joint Conference: Revitalizing Ohio's Vacant Properties- Tools & Policies to Transform Communities
Revitalizing Ohio's Vacant Properties:
Tools & Policies to Transform
Click here to register
October 22-23, 2013
The Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
The Greater Ohio Policy Center & The Thriving Communities Institute
invite you to attend Revitalizing Ohio's Vacant Properties, a two-day
interactive training and policy solutions conference that will offer hands-on
techniques and strategies to address vacant and abandoned property development
challenges. It is intended for local and regional leaders, land bank
practitioners, nonprofit community development organizations, as well as private
This joint conference offers attendees the
opportunity to access a large breadth of information by attending breakout
sessions organized by Thriving Communities Institute and Greater Ohio Policy
Center. Sessions will feature local practitioners, financial institutions, and
state and national level redevelopment experts.
Lunch keynotes will feature Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on October
22 and Urban Institute's Director of Urban Policy Initiatives Erika Poethig on
Registration closes Saturday, October 12. Requests for refunds will
be honored until Friday, October 11.
Click here to see the conference agenda
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Download the registration form
Mayor Goosman is the website facilitator for MPP.