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Get Ready for the Garfield Gallop

ggArea runners have another event to circle on their calendar.  The inaugural Garfield Gallop will take place Sunday, July 24th in Mentor.

The 5K race and walk will start and finish at the James A Garfield National Historic Site.

Race participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, racing bib as well as a costume beard to wear during the race.

“One of President Garfield’s defining physical traits was his superb beard,” says Ante Logarusic, Community Relations Administrator with the City of Mentor, “We thought it would be a fun way to get people engaged and learn a little more about our hometown president.”

Racers and their families will have the opportunity to view the Garfield home free of charge during a special open house event following the race. Prizes will be handed out for placement in varying age groups as well as for best costume.

“More and more runners are looking for the total package when it comes to races. They want a themed race, a great course, nice giveaways, good food and a ton of fun. The Garfield Gallop gives you all that in the ultimate race experience,” says Bill Dennison, Owner of Second Sole Mentor.

The City of Mentor and Second Sole Mentor anticipate 300-500 runners to participate in the event. Cost to participate is $20 preregistration, $25 day of the event. Net proceeds will benefit Friends of the James A Garfield National Historic Site, whose mission it is to promote the legacy of the nation’s 20th president, as well as other local charitable organizations.

More information to come.


LEGAL NOTICE: Mentor Arena – West Rink, Purchase and Installation of a New Evaporative Condensed Chiller

The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Office, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time) on Friday, February 19, 2016 for:

Mentor Ice Arena – West Rink, Purchase and Installation of a New Evaporative Condensed Chiller

Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided on website or packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office for the cost of printing. Bidders are responsible for checking for Addenda and obtaining any from the website.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for Condensed Chiller (please note correction to attached Bid Packet: Bids are due by Noon (local time) FRIDAY, February 19, 2016)


Important NOPEC Notice

Erdgas Flammen mit SpiegelungNOPEC “OPT OUT” ANNIVERSARY MAILER COMING

Starting February 2, 2016, residents and small businesses in Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) member communities will begin receiving mandatory “Opt-Out” letters for natural gas.  NOPEC is required by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), to send out the “OPT-Out” letters to customers every two years.

The NOPEC is the largest governmental public retail energy aggregation in the nation. Our aggregation currently serves over 200 communities in thirteen counties. We negotiate on the behalf of our members with gas and electric suppliers to find favorable rates and terms for you. We even help you learn how to save on your utility usage and buy energy saving products at a discount with our newest product, MyNOPEC™.

Governmental opt out aggregation means that you will be automatically enrolled into the program unless you proactively opt out.  This contract will start with meter reading dates of March 2016 – June 2018 for Columbia Gas of Ohio (COH) customers and April 2016 – July 2018 for Dominion East Ohio (DOE) customers.

If you do not wish to participate, customers must notify NOPEC by either a) returning the “opt-out” card they receive in the mail or b) fax information to 1.800.238.5676 by February 24, 2016.

Same Reliable Service: Only the supplier of your natural gas will change. All other functions, delivery, repair, billing, and customer service, will continue to be provided by Dominion East Ohio Gas. You will continue to receive only one bill.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact NOPEC’s Customer Service 1.855.NOPEC.01 (1.855.667.3201) or visit www.nopecinfo.org.


Let’s Put Our Best Foot Forward

billys50,000 people are expected to attend the RNC convention in Cleveland this July. Most Lake County hotels are being booked to help house not only delegates but media and business interests as well.

We’re doing our part to let visitors know about all of the great things they can do in the Mentor area but we need your help.

Please take 10 minutes to create or improve your business profile on these leading sites or review some of your favorite establishments.

This is a unique opportunity for us to put our best foot forward and show why Mentor is a great place to eat, shop, play and stay.


International Trade Symposium at Holden University Center

miti-holdenA symposium addressing changes relative to international trade and manufacturing standards will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Holden University Center.

This is the sixth in a series of meetings presented by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative whose mission it is to assist companies which seek to expand or develop new export markets.

Topics to be discussed will include; international market expansion challenges, innovation and value engineering, ISO updates, risk assessment strategies, changes in CE marking directives, and more.

The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission will cover continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.

The event is sponsored by Braumiller Law Group PLLC, MAGNET, Kent State University, Assured CE Solutions, NEOTEC, SAI Global, and International Resource Development.

The Holden Center is located at 4242 State Route 306, Kirtland, Ohio.

Learn more at www.mentorglobal.trade.


City of Mentor to lead Upcoming European Trade Mission

hannovermesseA contingent from the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative (MITI) will embark on a European trade mission April 19 – 29, 2016 which will include stops in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The mission of MITI is to assist Mentor-based companies who seek to expand or develop new export markets as well as attract foreign investment to the City of Mentor.

The group will meet with the British American Business Council (BABC) and the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce to present investment opportunities in the City as well as explore trade opportunities for Mentor-based businesses.

A stopover in London will consists of meetings with US & UK government and business interests.

Finally, the group will represent Mentor at Hannover-Messe 2016 as part of US Department of Commerce Investment Pavilion.  Hannover-Messe is recognized as the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The meeting draws over 200,000 attendees from the global business community including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers, and members of the business media.

MITI is currently arranging meetings with interested foreign parties to demonstrate why Mentor is an ideal place to enter or expand in the US Market and is an integral part of the City’s overall Economic Development strategy. Mentor area companies which are interested in expanding or exploring potential foreign markets are invited to accompany the group.

“This is an ideal opportunity for companies who are ready to explore new markets,” says Kimberly Holizna, International Trade Manager, “Itinerants will have face time with government officials, trade representatives and investors as well as gain valuable exposure to potential trade partners which simply couldn’t be achieved on one’s own.”

Learn more about Mentor’s International Trade Initiative at www.mentorglobal.trade

If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please contact Kimberly Holizna by at (440) 205-3743 or holizna@cityofmentor.com by February 15, 2016.


Mentor Business Briefs

businessnewsBusiness Growth in Mentor Despite National Decline
The US Census Bureau recently released the Survey of Business Owners (2012) which indicated that the number of  non-farm business filings declined 5% across the nation between 2007 and 2012.  The largest countywide drop in Northeast Ohio was noted in Medina County at 16.4%. The smallest drop was in Lake County at 3.7%.  During that same period of time, the City of Mentor experienced a net increase of 0.03%.

Home Sales Strong in Mentor
Residential home sales in Q4 2015 were up 19% in comparison to Q4 2014.  The average home price in the City increased by 3% in that same period of time.  Days on the market also increased 9% compared to 15% countywide.

Mentor Unemployment Rate at 3.1%
The unemployment rate in the City of Mentor was reported at 3.1% for the month of December, 2015 which is an increase of 0.2% from November.  The unemployment rate in the State of Ohio during that same period was 4.6%.

New Business Filings Increase in the City of Mentor
The number of new business filings in the City of Mentor increased 22% from 2014 and 2015.  The State of Ohio has seen a 6% increase of new businesses in that time.

Need Space for your Growing Business?
The 2015 Industrial Vacancy Report indicates that industrial vacancy rates dropped from 6.0% to 5.4% in Greater Cleveland. The City of Mentor has approximately 880,000 square feet of industrial space available for occupancy. The largest space is 259,600 square feet in the former Caterpillar building while an additional 114,000 square feet can be had in the former National Screw building.

The City of Mentor can assist in site selection, market information and financing. Contact Ronald M. Traub, Director of Economic and Community Development for more information at (440) 974-5740 or traub@cityofmentor.com.


LEGAL NOTICE: Purchase of 70 Electric Golf Cars and 1 Gas Powered Golf Beverage Car for Black Brook Golf Course

The CITY OF MENTOR will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Office, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until NOON (local time) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 for:

Purchase of seventy (70) Electric Golf Cars and one (1) Gas Powered Beverage Car for Black Brook Golf Course.

Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided on website or packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office. Bidders are responsible for checking for Addenda and obtaining any from the website.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet Golf Cars


LEGAL NOTICE: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) on behalf of City of Mentor Fire, Concord Township Fire Department and Perry Joint Fire District

Sealed proposals will be received at the Purchasing Department, City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio until 12 Noon February 5, 2016 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following:

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

On behalf of City of Mentor Fire Department, Concord Township Fire
Department and Perry Joint Fire District

Contract A-Mentor Fire Department and Perry Joint Fire District
Contract B – Concord Township Fire Department

Questions and Clarification Requests Due by: January 29, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided on website or packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office for the cost of printing.  Bidders shall be responsible for checking for Addenda and obtaining any from the website.

Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for SCBA


LEGAL NOTICE: 2016 Parking Lot Resurfacing Project

Sealed proposals will be received at the Purchasing Department, City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio until 12 noon on February 5, 2016 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following roadway resurfacing project:

2016 MENTOR PARKING LOT RESURFACING
OPINION OF PROBABLE CONSTRUCTION COST:
PART A – $50,000.00
PART B – $75,000.00
COMPLETION DATE: 5/27/2016

Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided on website or packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchasing Office for the cost of printing.  Bidders shall be responsible for checking for Addenda and obtaining any from the website.

Kenneth J. Filipiak, City Manager

BID PACKET for 2016 Parking Lot Resurfacing Project