This website is sponsored by the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation (FCDF)
2018 Officers: President Bill Van Nostrand, Vice President Matt Chrispin, Secretary Bruce Snell, Treasurer Nicole Au
We meet the First Thursday of every month at 7:45 A.M. in the Board of Education Conference Room 117 Columbus Rd. Fredericktown.
The mission of the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation, Inc. is to facilitate and foster community growth and prosperity. To effectively meet its citizens’ needs for the 21st Century through intelligent organization, while maintaining and respecting the Fredericktown area’s traditions and heritage.
Our goal is to: Foster growth of existing business, continue seeking business expansion and promote economic development.
What is economic development?
What determines where a company or business will choose to locate or expand? The answer is location, transportation accessibility, resources and available sites, but the community itself is often the determining factor.
Proper planning, efficient government, availability of labor, active civic groups and quality of life are among the key factors that create the right climate for successful development.
Industries and manufacturers have found Fredericktown has much to offer, including an active, forward-thinking development group ready to provide networking, information and support during the development process.
Early in 2014 the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation initiated a committee to development tourism in Fredericktown. The leaders see “tourism” as a community economic development strategy that can help small towns retain and expand existing business while promoting the assets of their community to potential new residents and businesses. It is a long-term strategy that can improve the quality of life of residents and create jobs, and can be especially impactful in small towns and villages.
* Generates new tax revenues
* Builds on local assets
* Supports local entrepreneurs/talants
* Expands community capacity
* Taps into state and regional resources.
The Fredericktown Tourism Committee has established a Strategy Plan with the help of a certified economic specialist, and is the process of putting that plan into action.
History of FCDF
We have an “it can be done attitude”
The Fredericktown Community Development Foundation was established in 1981, by a group of local business leaders. It continues to operate as a 501(C)6 organization made up of industry, business and individual community leaders. The development foundation has helped with the expansion of existing industries, as well as prepared the way for new business opportunities.
Our poster campaign last year brought attention to a most valuable asset we need to make Fredericktown grow and prosper, a good attitude. We call it an “it can be done” attitude.
We have Location
We have Education
Fredericktown students attend grades K-12 under one roof, in a state of the art, $29,000,000 building built in 2008.
Fredericktown Local Schools have received an excellent rating by the state of Ohio for three years. Our elementary school has been recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School.
All grades K-12 are housed under one roof in a state-of-the-art school building with great sports facilities.
Fredericktown is located in close proximity to three institutions of higher learning: Central Ohio Technical College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College. Columbus area colleges are an hour’s drive away.
We Have Project Lead the Way
Fredericktown Schools provide a pre-engineering program for high school students with emphasis on science, technology and math. Project Lead The Way was started in 2005. It is a four-year high school program that teaches problem solving skills, critical thinking, teamwork, and public presentations. Seventh graders are required to take one semester of the Gateway Program, and eighth graders may opt to take another semester of the program.
We have skilled workers. Local employers have skilled workers available thanks to excellent job training programs in the area, and the determination of the Area Development Foundation to acquaint high school student with the potential manufacturing jobs available in Knox County.
We want everyone involved
We want and need the help of all business owners, building owners, industry leaders, government leaders, service providers and individuals to focus on Fredericktown and work together as a team, to take this community forward.
The second word in our name is Community. We are not only committed to growing our village’s industrial base, but with our emphasis on tourism, we see the potential for growth and improvement to our retail community.
Business, manufacturing and individual memberships are available.
A chance to use your experience and expertise to help others.
Help create business related activities to benefit the community.
We have accomplished many things over the past 30 years, here are a few:
Sponsored first merchants’ tent at Tomato Show, and organized prize drawings featuring local business. It continues today offering an opportunity for local business and industry to show what they do.
Community Day was a day for bringing the whole community together for food, fun and good conversation.
Helped initiate the local Project Lead the Way Program.
Initiated building the bandstand on the village square, and in May 2012, celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Worked with state officials to seek funding for a new water tower.
Marketed the business community through website, slideshows, brochures & advertising.
Supported new industries such as Unique Metal Products, Taste of Country, FT Precision, and more.
Orchestrated COTC’s use of the school administration building for 16 months during their building renovation.
Supported Dana Corp. after their fire, which resulted in them staying in our community.
Organized an Industrial Tour of 11 businesses during the Bicentennial in 2007.
Initiated “Due to the Economy, We’ve Laid Off Gloom and Doom” marketing campaign.
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Fredericktown has an established industrial park with “shovel-ready” sites; an abundant water supply, utilities including fiber optic access, and a central location with easy access to Interstate 71 via State Routes 95 and 13.