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  1. I noticed in your photo that Setterlin was the listed construction company. At their website they listed an expansion project for the neighboring A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson. Business First had this article about it from 2/11/2019: Opportunity zones: New federal tax break could make Franklinton development even hotter America's oldest Harley Davidson dealership delayed plans for a 2017 expansion in Franklinton to take part in a new federal tax break that cements its future in a reviving neighborhood. A.D. Farrow Co. is building a 10,000-square-foot addition on a parking lot next to to its 15,000-square-foot showroom at 491 W. Broad Street. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/11/opportunity-zones-new-federal-tax-break-could-make.html
  2. An update to Nationwide's employment situation - previously posted at https://forum.urbanohio.com/topic/488-columbus-general-business-amp-economic-news/page/20/?tab=comments#comment-958798 in this thread. Nationwide has had all of its employees working from home since the COVID-19 shutdown in March. Now as the rest of the economy starts to reopen, Nationwide is doing the same. Although many of its employees will transition to permanent WFH status, there will also be some overall workforce reductions - 570 of the 30,000 company-wide employees - with 100 located in Central Ohio: Nationwide announces furloughs and layoffs Citing a slowdown in business activities driven by the coronavirus pandemic, Nationwide is cutting 570 positions, some via temporary furloughs and others permanently. The company is making 250 permanent job cuts in its property and casualty claims, service and operations business. Affected jobs include 35 in Central Ohio. Another 320 property and casualty claims and operations employees will be furloughed June 8, including 65 in Central Ohio. The laid off employees will receive 60 days of paid notice, a severance package and outplacement assistance. Many will be eligible to apply for other jobs around the company, the company said. The furloughed employees will be asked to use the 20 days of paid pandemic time Nationwide has set aside for staff. Following that, they will be placed on an up to 90-day furlough. They'll still have access to benefits and be able to apply for unemployment at the time. Nationwide sent all 30,000 employees home in March and later announced plans to permanently shutter many of its smaller offices, upping its remote workforce substantially. The company has since begun to plan for a reopening of some offices, with the first phase, set to begin next week, involving volunteers in essential businesses. But the company says it's in no rush to bring people back. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/05/28/nationwide-announces-570-furloughs-and-layoffs.html
  3. Crisis Management: Why Drive Capital's Mark Kvamme changed his mind about working from home Paradoxically, many technology companies have been historically wary of running their business in the cloud, connecting only through technology instead of face-to-face. Working from home was seen as a temporary or emergency fallback, say when a child was home sick. Then the coronavirus pandemic sent pretty much every office worker home, and entrepreneurs were pleasantly surprised to find out how effective that arrangement can be. "(Remote work) was never seen as a viable option on a regular basis," said Mark Kvamme, partner at Drive Capital LLC. "What this has shown us is, for us at least, is it’s a viable option." Now he and Chris Olsen, his partner in the venture capital firm they left Silicon Valley to start in Columbus seven years ago, are even re-thinking the need to travel for in-person meetings with every new investment. During this period, Drive came close to offering a term sheet after meeting only by video conference – it was the startup that backed out. In the latest episode of our Crisis Management podcast, Kvamme talks about this evolving conception of the workplace, the pandemic's varying effects on different companies in Drive's portfolio, and why he thinks Ohio can seize the opportunity in this economic crisis to build tomorrow's billion-dollar companies. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/05/24/crisis-management-drive-capital.html
  4. Donatos opens new locations as pizza sales stay steady amid pandemic Restaurant sales have been decimated by Covid-19, but pizza has proven to be a sturdy and reliable part of the business. Several chains have reported steady, if not growing sales, and stepped up hiring accordingly. Columbus-based Donatos Pizza has more than 160 restaurants in 10 states and is seeing a mix of performance. Some units are up, while some have struggled. An OSU location, for example, is typically one of the best performers in the chain - but with no students, its sales are off. Still, Donatos has opened two new locations in recent weeks. Viking Group Inc., a 25-year franchisee for the brand, opened a new Dayton unit on April 28, while Space Cowboys Restaurant Group LLC opened its second franchise in Kentucky this week. A third new Donatos will open next month in Jacksonville Beach, Florida - notable in that it’s a return to Florida for the brand which had restaurants in the Sunshine State years ago when it was part of McDonald’s Corp. Two other franchise groups in Florida are scheduled to open in the third quarter as well. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/05/21/donatos-pizza-expands-as-sales-stay-steady.html
  5. Hocking Hills announces partial reopening Portions of Hocking Hills State Park will reopen the next month, as the state continues to balance gradually reopening its economy and blunting the potential spread of coronavirus. While outdoor areas largely had been excluded from the state's stay-at-home orders, Hocking Hills was shuttered in early April because its trail system did not allow for social distancing, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz said at the time. The department now plans to reopen portions of the park, including the Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House trails, on June 15, with certain modifications. "ODNR will reroute trails and direct hikers to one-way travel, where the landscape permits trail modification," according to a news release. Not all areas of the park are reopening, however. Trail modifications are still being developed for Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Whispering Caves. ... Campgrounds will also reopen later in the summer, with the park accepting campground and cabin reservations with an arrival date of July 15 or later. Full news release on the park's reopening plan: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr-core/home/news-and-events/all-news/some-hocking-sites-reopen-june15
  6. So, it turned out that there was some Liverpool drama beyond what EPL records they might break in 2020. There was a little thing called COVID-19 that shut down sports worldwide(!) When the EPL was shut down back in March, Liverpool was 27-1-1 and 25 points up on second-place Man City. Liverpool was within two more wins of clinching the 2019-20 league title. There was some question if the league could reopen to finish the season. And if Liverpool were awarded the title, would that place an asterisk on it? (Not that Liverpool fans might care since they've been waiting 30 years since their previous title in 1990.) But it looks like the EPL might finish out their 2019-20 season. Today they announced the league is set to resume on June 17, with the aim to complete all of their scheduled games by Aug. 1: https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4102936/premier-league-to-return-on-june-17-amid-coronavirus Which will be a great relief to one of Liverpool's biggest fans, John Oliver:
  7. Technically this isn't a USWNT story - its about the U.S. women's pro soccer league opening its season after COVID-19 shut it down. https://www.espn.com/football/united-states-nwsl-womens-league/story/4102582/nwsl-to-return-on-june-27-with-monthlong-tournament https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-nwsl-womens-league/story/4102844/how-the-nwsl-plans-to-become-the-first-us-team-sport-to-return-to-action The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) will return on June 27 with a 25-game tournament in the Salt Lake City area. The start of the NWSL's eighth season has been on hold since the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down professional sports in the United States in March. As it currently stands, the NWSL would be the first U.S. team sports league to resume play since that shutdown. The tournament, which the league is calling the NWSL Challenge Cup, will involve all nine of the league's teams. Each team will play four games in a preliminary round, with the top eight finishers advancing to a knockout round. The final is scheduled to be played on July 26.
  8. Good thing I wasn't holding my breath. DrAiN tHe SwAmP
  9. Sarah Palin got widely mocked for not knowing that constitutional "free speech" applies to what speech government officials can limit of private citizens - and not what speech private citizens can limit of government officials. Donald Trump shows that he is as ignorant as Sarah Palin.
  10. I don't know about the state legislature mandating at least one in-state game with OSU (I haven't heard of this, but if you've got a link I'll stand corrected). But when Tressel took over from Cooper, he pretty much mandated an in-state game. Which makes alot sense, because if OSU needs to pay non-conference teams to appear on the schedule, you might as well keep the money in the state. As far as scheduling MAC schools hurting OSU's rankings, I don't think it does. Since the Big Ten started requiring 9 B1G games instead of 8, it only leaves 3 non-conference games on the schedule. And since losses in college football aren't like losses in college basketball, you don't really want to (or need to) load up on super difficult teams in those 3 games. One difficult opponent plus two respectable-but-beatable opponents is pretty standard. Which is what OSU has for 2020 - BG, Oregon, and then Buffalo before the nine Big Ten games. (EDIT: D&S posted about this with more detail before I hit submit)
  11. Bath & Body Works says soap and sanitizer sales could triple in the Covid-19 era Bath & Body Works saw so much demand for soap and sanitizer as the Covid-19 pandemic hit that it was routinely out of stock several days a week. The company sold about $100 million in soaps and sanitizers last year, and it expects that business could double or even triple in the coronavirus pandemic, said Andrew Meslow, CEO of parent L Brands Inc. ( . . . ) In the first quarter, net sales dropped 37% for L Brands as the Covid-19 pandemic closed almost all of its stores in March. But Bath & Body Works saw comparable sales surge 20% to $713 million on the back of strong soap and sanitizer sales, while Victoria’s Secret plunged 15% to $822 million. Online sales, which prioritized sanitizers and soaps, surged 85% in the quarter, and net sales of online products are up 60% in March and 150% in April. Soaps and sanitizers alone had an over 300% comp. ... A few dozen Bath & Body Works stores are open now with plans for most of them to be reopened by the end of July. L Brands is requiring masks on workers and has implemented a rigorous cleaning schedule, Meslow said. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/05/22/bath-body-works-soap-and-sanitizer-biz-could-do.html
  12. Totally agree. What they have now - which I believe was done when Arshot built the addition along High Street and renovated the historic Beggs Building along State Street - is just about perfect. So it doesn't seem like an "upgrade" to do anything here. Especially when the existing inset entry isn't even being changed. Here is the existing State Street entry and proposed changes presented to the Downtown Commission: If they were changing the State Street entrance from flush to inset, or from inset to flush, there might be some justification for the change. But they're not, so it just seems like an unnecessary (and costly) architectural downgrade for no functional benefit. Fortunately, this was only a conceptual review and the Downtown Commission seemed to push back on the proposal. Hopefully the applicant rethinks the idea.
  13. The NHL also announced that it is targeting "early June" for Phase 2 of its return to play strategy. Phase 1 involved players and staff entering self-quarantine. Phase 2 involves small groups of players (the league specifies six players, with a limited number of staff) returning to team facilities for non-contact skating sessions. The league didn’t detail exactly when Phase 2 will begin (again, the goal is “early June”). But "early June" indicates that the NHL could theoretically begin Phase 2 as early as this week. However, it’s not clear how long Phase 2 might last for the NHL either. The NHL didn’t publicly announce dates for Phase 3 (training camp) or Phase 4 (return to play). https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29219319/nhl-moving-voluntary-small-group-training-phase-2-return https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2020/05/25/nhl-targets-early-june-for-phase-2-of-return-to-play-plans/
  14. https://www.nbc4i.com/community/health/coronavirus/columbus-public-health-issues-13-warning-letters-to-restaurants-over-reopening-guidelines/ Columbus Public Health issued 13 warning letters to restaurants from Thursday May 21 to Saturday May 23 over reopening guidelines - mostly for employees not wearing face coverings or lack of social distancing in the restaurants.
  15. I watched some the Bundesliga the last two weeks. I don't think they had the fake crowd on the first week, but they did for the next week. Personally, I preferred the fake crowd noise. Without it, you heard too much from the coaches and players - plus there was a mechanical sound every 30 seconds of some of the field ads rotating. It was so noticeable that the announcers had the explain what it was.
  16. While COVID-19 shuts down the Convention Center to its normal use, it is being put to another alternative use: Traffic and eviction hearings moving to Greater Columbus Convention Center amid coronavirus pandemic As Franklin County Municipal Court officials began making plans to resume hearings during the pandemic, they were concerned about how to maintain social distancing in a courthouse that is often packed with lawyers, litigants and law enforcement personnel. Administrative Judge Ted Barrows decided that one way for people to spread out was to move some of the hearings to a location with more space. Beginning June 1, hearings in traffic and eviction cases will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The court’s order calls for the cases to be held there through Aug. 31. “We were desperately looking for a larger space, off site, and the convention center folks told us they could accommodate anything we want,” Barrows said. The massive downtown convention center is sitting idle because the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation or postponement of the meetings and conventions that normally fill its exhibit halls and conference rooms. ( . . . ) The contract between the convention center and the court is still being negotiated, but the plan is for the hearings to be held in a suite of meeting rooms across from the main exhibit hall, with pedestrian access along North High Street near Vine Street. Parking will be available in the Vine Street garage beside the North Market and an underground garage located off Nationwide Boulevard just east of the Hyatt Hotel. MORE: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200522/traffic-and-eviction-hearings-moving-to-greater-columbus-convention-center-amid-coronavirus-pandemic
  17. While talks to reopen the NHL and NBA are starting gain traction, it looks like MLB is spinning its wheels: The clock is ticking on 2020 MLB season talks. Here's what could make a deal work -- or fall apart https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29207203/the-clock-ticking-2020-mlb-season-talks-here-make-deal-work-fall-apart
  18. NBA in talks to resume play at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex The NBA has entered into exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about resuming its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday. It remains unclear whether the NBA will play the remainder of its regular season or proceed directly to the playoffs. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposure. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA has a board of governors call set for next Friday, which is expected to provide additional details for teams on a timetable and plan to proceed with the season. MORE: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29213517/nba-talks-resume-play-disney-espn-wide-world-sports-complex
  19. MODERATOR NOTE: The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio. The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads. For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread. Here's an update for the Gravity 2.0 project from the below linked article: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward Plus another photo of the cleared Gravity 2.0 site across Broad Street from Gravity 1.0 from the article:
  20. MODERATOR NOTE: The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio. The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads. For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread. Hate to bum everyone out, but here's an update for the potentially huge Dispatch-properties project facing Capitol Square from the below linked article: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward
  21. MODERATOR NOTE: The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio. The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads. For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread. Here's an update for the huge mixed-use Grandview Crossing project from the below linked article: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward
  22. MODERATOR NOTE: The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio. The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads. For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread. Here's an update for that huge mixed-use capstone project in Jeffrey Park from the below linked article: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward
  23. MODERATOR NOTE: The Dispatch just posted an article about the status of various development projects around Columbus and Central Ohio. The status of some of these projects have already been posted in other threads. For those projects that haven't already been updated, I'll post an update from the article in the appropriate thread. Here's an update of the Franklin Park Trolley Barn project from the below linked article: https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20200523/some-major-columbus-development-projects-on-hold-while-others-move-forward
  24. NHL takes another step toward re-opening their season. The players association approved the league's 24-team re-opening format: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29211505/nhlpa-board-approves-league-plan-24-team-playoffs-coronavirus-return
  25. I have a feeling that this will be the model for all the county fairs in Ohio this summer: Smaller-scale Franklin County Fair planned but not for general public A 2020 Franklin County Fair is expected, but it will not look like fairs of the past century, with Ferris wheels and cotton candy. In fact, it won’t be open to the general public, according to Stephanie Rauschenbach, a spokeswoman for the fair. Only 4-H and other youth exhibitors and their immediate family members will be permitted, she said. The number of family members permitted on the fairgrounds hasn’t yet been determined. A modified Junior Fair exhibition will be staged, but the fair won’t have a midway or grandstand activities, amusement rides or commercial vendors as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Rauschenbach said. For now, the scheduled eight-day run of the 103rd Franklin County Fair will remain unchanged and will be held July 18 to 25 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. MORE: https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20200521/updated-smaller-scale-franklin-county-fair-planned-but-not-for-general-public
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