Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Moving Ahead & Getting Things Done

Tuesday's groundbreaking for Toledo Hospital's 500,000 square foot renovation promises 400 new local construction trades jobs and 1000 new health care jobs. With ProMedica owning hundreds of undeveloped acres in Maumee's Arrowhead Park, Toledoans should be thrilled the hospital chose to re-invest in our great city. We worked hard for it, and I join ProMedica's CEO in tipping my hat to Mayor Ford. Our next step is continuing to expand access to health care to the thousands in Toledo without it.

In April I wrote about saving the Toledo Storm hockey team, and today we celebrate hockey returning next season. We worked hard for this too - I joined Mayor Ford in getting a season ticket. Thanks Storm Fan Club for your successful campaign. Our next step is being the catalyst to build a new arena.

And on the small business front - also Tuesday, Mayor Ford and I joined the owners, employees and neighbors of Crickey's Austrailian Pies, located on Rosetta off N. Detroit, for a business expansion announcement. You see, Mayor Ford and his staff quietly helped them through the SBA loan process, and their hard work with area grocers, along with their tasty product, has them outgrowing the kitchen kindly provided by Collingwood Presbyterian Church and into a state of the art facility for dozens of employees and 1,000,000 pies a month.

Kudos to top City officials Bill Franklin and Kattie Bond and our city workers for their attention to detail in keeping the city looking good - cutting grass in our parks, traffic islands, and other rights-of-way. Flowers are starting to bloom - its beautiful.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank,

I think it was actually the port authority who "quietly" walked Crikey through the SBA loan process.

While I appreciate your support for the mayor, please don't give him credit for the hard work of other agencies. The port authority works hard too. They seldom get credit, but always get blame.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Indeed the Mayor and Crikeys did work together with the Port Authority, as well as First Merit Bank and the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce. I apologize for their initial omission from this post.

When the business was formed in 2003 the Mayor played an important role then too.

This speaks to a point I make over and over - City leaders, in & out of gov't, are working together to get results - we won't go back to the manic Carty days when folks couldn't work with the city.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

I think the owners of Crikey's have found a great nich market and are putting out a quality product that will sell well. I doubt that they needed the mayor to "quietly walk them through" the SBA loan process since they could have easily done it without him as many people do. Instead of trying for a credit grab, the mayor should be thanking these folks for setting up shop in a town where business relations with the city seem pretty well frayed at best and Maumee could have helped them just as well. As for the manic days of Carty when folks couldn't work with the city, ask Ron Kagy about working with the city. The Carty regime may have been hostile but, the Ford regime appears openly corrupt. Frank, I have no idea how you can stand up and tout the greatness of Toledo's biggest do-nothing mayor ever especially after his bigoted remarks printed in the Toledo journal which was completly offensive. Enough ranting, I gotta eat this Crikey steak and mushroom pie. Try one.
-Sepp

7:42 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Sepp obviously has his mind made about Mayor Ford. I can assure more objective readers that he works 15 hour days, including weekends - hardly "do-nothing."

Lay off the Kagy rhetoric, you sound like a one-note Johnny. The corrupt label better fits others currently in the news. You should be incredulous about Ohio's AG, Auditor, and Secretary of State not calling reporters back about "Coin-gate" - what do they have to hide?

10:28 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, looks good Frank.

An expanding ProMedica keeps local dollars cycling in the local economy. The rising costs of health care means more money is going somewhere. Since controlling the cost of health care seems unlikely on a local level, we might as well try to keep those monies local when we can. Better that we have state of the art medical facilities IN the metro area to serve the community without having to go to Cleveland, Ann Arbor, or Cincinatti for treatment that could be provided locally.

Living in West Toledo, I am glad to have ProMedica investing and growing in my community. From the journyman laborers who will build the facilities, to the medical professionals who staff them, high paying jobs are being kept in the city.

You are very astute to mention the potential growth in the outlying areas. ProMedica does own substantial amounts of properties that might go underdeveloped if they were not happy with how they were treated by local governments.

Thanks Frank.

10:39 PM  
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10:48 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Oh yeah,

Not sure what "Sepp" is saying. But I wonder how ANY administration can be "openly corrupt." If that's the case they would be "open" for prosecution. Sepp's statement is just absurd. Unless one has absolute power, you cannot be 'openly corrupt' and get away with it, there are always multiple layers of deceit. If Sett has accusations, lets hear it and hear his specifics, otherwise its a bit like 6th grade name calling.

Recently, I've only seen "clandestine corruption" of the likes of Tom Noe who made incredible profits off of my dime and yours, to which he seems to be immune from prosecution despite conflicts of interest and "lost" monies. I don't care which party you are affiliated with, you still are not above the law.

I'm not sure, but if I "lost" multiple thousands of dollars that the state had invested with me, I'd just assume my tail would be in jail. Then again, I'm a Democrat and would not find many friends to cover for me on the state level... Just a thought.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Hmmm, coingate...a campaign donor that for some reason is able to obtain a state bid as opposed to riverfront property given away to a campaign donor? Both deals stink of special favors. I think the Governor AND the Mayor could use a lesson in ethics. Neither seems to understand what "conflict of interest" means. I am objective Frank, I call it like I see it and I could care less if there is a (R) or a (D) next to the name. Why not be a bit objective yourself? If you're going to point a finger at one party and cry "foul!" Why not point at your own party too when you see something less than ethical? It may not be easy but, it is the right thing to do. I think that party politics aside, you and I both share the same vision for our town and it's future. Why else would we be here?
Regards,
-Sepp

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The idea that Jack Ford is openly corrupt is just silly and shows a failure to understand what corruption really is. Honest people can disagree honestly about the two steam plant proposals, but it's not like the Mayor is profiting. And, rest assured, people involved in Kagy proposal have also given money to Jack's campaigns. We have a state where the State Treasurer (Joe Deters) had to step down to avoid prosecution, the Northwest Ohio Bush/Cheney heads are the target of a federal indictment, aids to the Governor (again! R.I.P. Paul Misfud...I usually don't speak ill of the dead, but I'll make an exception in your case...) are getting free stuff from insiders, and don't try to tell me that there isn't AT LEAST insurance fraud going on with the Noe/coin train wreck. Picking a project from between two groups who've given to your campaign just doesn't even rate a mention.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Tom Noe donates to Taft to get favors and it's wrong but, Ball and Jackson donate to Ford and it's ok? Double standard or just plain party politics blindness? If the word "corruption" bothers you then how about "the appearance of impropriety". Either way you look at it, Tom Noe appears to have bought a state contract and Ball / Jackson appear to have bought riverfront property via campaign donations. How you can see one questionable act and not the other defies logic. Remove your blinders.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...then you are unfamiliar with logic. To say that a difference of degree is irrelevant calls into question what blinders you are wearing. People connected to both sides of the Kagy/Ball dustup have contributed money to Ford. I think a credible case can be made that Ford picked the better proposal - hence no federal investigation.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

I hadn't heard of kagy donating any money to Ford. So the better deal was giving away the property and 300 grand as opposed to selling the property for 500 grand and getting a profit sharing deal too? Please post here when you are ready to sell your house or car! Let me know when you come up with a credible case for this deal. You just keep me posted when your house is ready to take. I like your logic.

11:26 AM  

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