ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Click the following link to view the 2014 Huron Magazine, supplement to the summer issue of Lake Erie Living Magazine:  

http://www.glpublishing.com/digitaleditions/2014cityofhuron/index.html

HURON CORPORATE PARK     

LOCATIONThe Park is located on Rye Beach Road, west of the City of Huron (www.city-data.com/city/Huron-Ohio.html), adjacent to Sawmill Industrial Park and across from BGSU Firelands.  It is located at the midpoint of the active corridor between the cities of Cleveland and Toledo.  It provides trucking access to Interstates 80 and 90, Route 2 and Route 6.  It is strategically located on the main railway servicing Chicago through New York City.  A port city facilitating water access throughout the entire Great Lakes Region, and to the neighboring states in the Northeast and Atlantic port cities along the eastern seaboard. (www.odod.ohio.gov/research/files/S0/Erie.pdf)

ACREAGE
The total park size is 55 acres.  Parcel size is negotiable. View current map of available parcels.

ZONINGThe Park is zoned industrial.

UTILITIES
– Electric:  
Municipal Electric or Ohio Edison/First Energy.  Gas: Columbia Gas of Ohio, 4 inch main, 20+ PSI 1,220 feet away.  Water:  City of Huron at site, 12 inch main, 55 PSI.  Source is Lake Erie, treatment capacity is 3.4 MGD, and normal usage is 1.4 MGD.  Sanitary Sewer:  Erie County, 12 inch main at site.  Huron Basin Facility treatment capacity is 2 MGD; present ADF is 832,000 gallons per day.  Sawmill Facility treatment capacity is 1.2 MGD; present ADF is 500,000 gallons per day.  Telecommunications:  Verizon / digital or Buckeye TeleSystems / cable TV, Internet access and telephone.  Storm Sewer:  Curbed streets with catch basins; collection basins run into meandering stream to carry storm water to Lake Erie.

TRANSPORTATION – Airports:  Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (www.clevelandairport.com/site/375/default.aspx), easily accessible, 45 miles to the east, provides excellent jet passenger and freight service.  Griffing Airport (www.airnav.com/airport/SKY) in Sandusky, 5 miles west, can accommodate most executive aircraft.  Trucking:  Six trucking terminals serve the City of Huron with fourteen motor freight companies franchised in the area.    Rail:  Considered a mainline point, Huron is serviced by Norfolk Southern and other connections.

HIGHWAYS – Interstate 80 and 90: 6 miles. State Route 6: 1 mile.  State Route 250: 5 miles.  State Route 2 : .2 miles.  Good network of highways supplements the well-developed water and rail transportation facilities.  These include State Routes 2, 6, 13 and 250, the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80 /  90) is located 6 miles southwest of town.  Huron is equidistant from north / south Interstates 71 and 75.

AVAILABLE INCENTIVESThe City of Huron offers assistance in the planning, development and financing of appropriate commercial, retail and industrial projects and related activities throughout the city.  Two incentives programs, the Revolving Loan Fund and the Enterprise Zone Program, office assistance to businesses that plan to locate here and to existing businesses planning expansion or improvement. The Revolving Loan Fund is flexible and can be used for qualified economic development projects, including fixed asset financing for the acquisition and improvement of land, buildings, plant facilities and equipment, including new construction or renovation of existing facilities, demolition and site preparation.  Special exceptions may be made to fund working capital. The Enterprise Zone Program is available on a county-wide basis, is a program in which the level of tax abatement is negotiated between public and private entities.  The amount of tax relief depends upon the economic impact the proposed project would bring to the area.  The program focuses upon either the expansion of existing businesses or the start up of a new business.  Considerable emphasis is placed upon job retention and / or creation.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTLocal development has been carefully guided by Huron’s administration.  A good zoning program has been implemented, and groups such as the Huron Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce have supported the reservation of industrial tracts.  In addition, the creation of the Huron Joint Port Authority has helped to ensure that the local harbor facilities can be developed to there maximum potential.  The Port Authority continues working to create additional uses of the harbor in an effort to stimulate waterborne commerce in the community.  They have recently completed a Port Master Plan that will server as both a guideline and a marketing tool for future port development.  

Government Services / Forms of Government: City-Charter, City Manager and a 7 – member Council (www.cityofhuron.org).  Township-three elected trustees, one clerk and a building official. 

SOIL BORINGSAvailable on request.

HURON’S HERITAGE(www.huronhistoricalsociety.com) Its waterfront location on the south shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Huron River makes Huron rich in natural beauty and fascination history.  Huron has been a destination for people since the French began trading with the Indians in the mid – 1700’s.  In fact, Huron’s first permanent settler was John Baptist Flemmond, a French fur trader, who built his two-room cabin along the Huron River in 1805.  Huron was the first town settled in the “Firelands”.  This history goes back to the Revolutionary War when Connecticut residents were given land grants in what is now Huron and Erie counties, the townships of Danbury in Ottawa County and Ruggles in Ashland County, as a restitution for property burned and pillaged by the British during the Revolutionary War.  The lake and river have contributed much to Huron’s history and development.  The water-related industries of fishing, and shipbuilding, and ice harvesting were prominent during Huron’s growing years.  The largest and one of the last ships built in the area was the Golden Age, built in 1888 at Fries Landing by Valentine A. Fries.  With the addition of rail service, Huron continued as one of the important freshwater ports of the Great Lakes.  Through the years, coal, iron ore, lumber, salt and manufactured goods have been received at the Huron Port.  Presently, area farm commodities, limestone, and ore are received or shipped from the port.  Of course, recreation has also been strong on the river and lake.  Public parks and beaches and private homes border the lakefront, while the river is the setting for restaurants, marinas, motels, campgrounds, the municipal boat basin and amphitheater, and the Huron Yacht Club.  Festivals, concerts and water-related spectator sports are held along the river during the summer months.  Old Woman’s Creek Natural Estuarine Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve and Sheldon’s March State Nature Preserve are two special facilities in Huron.  These environmental research centers are open to the public for hiking, photography and bird-watching.

QUALITY OF LIFEHuron is a community of over 9,300 residents, 7,067 of who live within the City of Huron.  Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, Huron lies midway between Cleveland and Toledo on State Route 6 and State Route 2 in the heart of Ohio’s Lake Erie Vacationland.  Throughout the years, Huron has grown yet manages to maintain its small-town, friendly atmosphere.  Living conditions enjoyed by residents of the area are excellent.  Local shopping facilities are more than adequate with two shopping plazas.  Sandusky, 10 miles to the west, and Elyria/Lorain, 30 miles to the east, offer wide selections of goods and services within easy driving distance.  Summer recreational opportunities include boating and water sports, golf, and summer theatre.  Fishing is an ongoing attraction, whether it’s along Huron’s famous mile-long pier, from a private boat, or by utilizing the services of local charter fishing captains.  Just west of town, the multi-million dollar Cedar Point Amusement Park (www.cedarpoint.com) draws nearly 3 million visitors a year to enjoy its many features.  Sawmill Creek (www.sawmillcreek.com), a 240-room lodge, specializes in business meetings and conferences, offering a full range of meeting facilities and a wide selection of on-site recreation.  Good soil and a climate tempered by Lake Erie have made the area surrounding Huron a highly productive agricultural region.  A large variety of fruits and vegetables is harvested each year.  Major crops are corn, soybeans, canola and wheat.

MEDICAL CAREThe Huron area has excellent medical facilities, both for inpatient and outpatient medical services.  Firelands Regional Medical Center (www.firelands.com) offers full, state-of-the-art medical services.  Physicians from all specialty fields practice at the hospital.  Admiral’s Pointe, a 100-bed licensed/certified long-term nursing facility, provides healthcare services to Huron and surrounding localities.  Because of its proximity to Cleveland and Toledo, the Huron area also has well-established referral patterns to the major tertiary medical centers.  The city and township are served by an excellent full-time EMT squad, fully trained in basic and advanced life support.  The squad has always received financial support through the community.  Should the need arise, life flight helicopter transport to a major center in Cleveland and Toledo is available. 

EDUCATIONHuron’s education system is one of the finest in the state, sustained by an effective Board of Education, involved parents, and supportive businesses. The public schools enjoy an average pupil/teacher ratio of 14:1, with 82% of the high school students pursuing higher education after graduation.  Huron High School students consistently score above both the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT exams (www.huroncity.k12.oh.us/hhs).  Huron’s parochial and Montessori schools serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  Four nursery schools, two which are private, operate in Huron as well. Erie/Huron/Ottawa Joint Vocational Education School (EHOVE) and Career Center (www.ehove-jvs.k12.oh.us) located five miles south of Huron provide education for vocational centers and customized employee training programs in conjunction with area corporations. On the west side of Huron is the 216-acre campus of Bowling Green State University. BGSU Firelands (www.firelands.bgsu.edu) offers area students an opportunity to obtain much or all of their college education near home – either by beginning academic studies in a small college setting and finishing at a major university, or by completing and numerous associated or selected baccalaureate degree programs offered on this campus. In addition BGSU Firelands offers a variety of visual and performing arts programs, plus a comprehensive curriculum of non-credit lifelong learning, such as computer training, supervisory skills, customized workforce training, professional development and personal enrichment classes.  Credit offerings at BGSU Firelands include associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs.  The Cedar Point Center is wired for high speed data, video and voice communications.  The Cedar Point Center has a multi-gigabit connection to the other buildings at BGSU Firelands, as well as a high-speed connection to both the BGSU main campus and the Internet.  These connections enable the offering of distance learning courses, so students at BGSU Firelands can join in on events from BGSU’s main campus.  The Cedar Point Center also has a 802.11G wireless network allowing the flexibility to use a computer anywhere in the building.  The college library, which is open to the public, is electronically linked to the university’s computer network of statewide and global information resources.  The James H. McBride Arboretum, located on the campus, provides the community a 47-acre preserve of ponds, trees, gardens and walking paths.  The Arboretum includes the Deering Family Terrace, an instructional terrace that overlooks Parker Lake.

AREA COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES – BGSU Firelands: located in Huron.  Oberlin College: in Oberlin, 30 miles.  Baldwin Wallace: in Berea, 40 miles.   Cleveland State University: in Cleveland, 50 miles.  Case Western Reserve University:  in Cleveland, 50 miles.  Ashland University: in Ashland, 50 miles.  Ohio State University, Mansfield: in Mansfield, 50 miles.  Bowling Green State University, Main Campus: in Bowling Green, 60 miles.  Heidelberg College: in Tiffin, 50 miles.  Toledo University: in Toledo, 70 miles.  Ohio State University, Main Campus: in Columbus, 112 miles.  Terra Community College: in Fremont, 40 miles.  Owens Community College: in Findlay, 80 miles.

Huron Public Library                       www.huronlibrary.org
Huron Chamber of Commerce         www.huron.net 

AERIAL VIEWS -
Windows Live Local
MSR
Maps
http://msrmaps.com.
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For additional information contact :

Andrew D. White
City Manager
417 Main Street
Huron, OH 44839
Office : (419) 433-5000
Fax : (419) 433-5120
Email the City Manager