Daily Archive: November 12, 2023

Highland County economic development leaders to host Manufacturers Summit; commissioners updated on ACCESS program

Highland County commissioners Terry Britton, David Daniels and Brad Roades met with Highland County ACCESS Director Tim Dettwiller and Highland County Economic Development Director Julie Bolender, who shared the latest data on the ACCESS program and announced an upcoming industry summit, during their Wednesday, Oct. 11 meeting.

As announced by Bolender and Dettwiller, Highland County will host its inaugural Manufacturers Summit on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at Southern State Community College’s Central Campus in Hillsboro.

“This is our first of what I hope are very regular manufacturing summits — a roundtable of sorts, but but with a whole lot more,” Bolender said.

The free summit is open to all manufacturing leaders in the county, with representatives from the Highland County Economic Development Department, Highland County ACCESS (Alignment of Community Connections for Employer and Student Success), Highland County Chamber of Commerce, BESTOhio and Southern State Community College also present.

Bolender said, “Highland County welcomes BESTOhio to the table as we discuss their Ohio Manufacturers’ Association-endorsed sector partnerships, the new Manufacturers Internship Stipend Program and how the ACCESS and SSCC workforce initiatives can support your business and aid in its growth.”

According to its website (https://ssuinnovation.com/bestohio), “The BESTOhio (Business & Education Success Team) of south central Ohio is a new voice for our region’s manufacturers. This industry-led sector partnership is building a better workforce through the common ground synergy of industry, education, economic development, human services organizations and community-based organization leadership. BESTOhio is endorsed by The Ohio Manufacturers’  Association and covers Scioto, Ross, Pike, Adams, Jackson and Highland counties.”

The summit will also serve as a “great opportunity to network with other likeminded manufacturing leaders,” Bolender’s presentation said.

“We’re going to talk about removing hurdles to employment,” Bolender told commissioners. “We’re going to talk about paid student internships

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Construction to begin on multi-million pound affordable housing project in Livingston

Housebuilder Cruden is set to start work on a mix of 49 affordable properties in Livingston, on behalf of Link Group Ltd. The £8.7m development will see energy-efficient new homes built on a previously disused 1.2 hectare, brownfield site in Craigshill.

The modern development will provide a range of sustainable flats, built across three blocks, which will be three and four storeys high. The one and two bedroomed homes will provide residents with high quality accommodation for social rental.

Located at Sydney Street, the vibrant development is ideally positioned, close to a number of amenities in the heart of Craigshill, including shops, health centres and schools. The new development also has excellent transport links to its surrounding communities and the nearby train stations at Livingston and Uphall offer easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres.

The new homes also provide a fantastic range of on-site facilities including attractive green space, electric vehicle charging points, bike storage and on-site parking.

Work will start this Autumn and is expected to complete in Summer 2025.

Fraser Lynes, managing director of Cruden Homes, said: “We are pleased to continue our successful relationship with Link as work gets underway at Sydney Street. This exciting development will transform a previously empty site to bring quality, new homes to the local area.

“Craigshill is a strong location with plenty of amenities nearby to cater to the everyday needs of residents. These new homes will make a great addition to the surrounding community, providing attractive and sustainable living space at a time when it is needed most.”

Colin Culross, group commercial director of Link Group, said: “Link is delighted to continue its partnership with Cruden Homes to deliver much needed affordable housing at Sydney Street. The new homes will be energy efficient delivering zero emissions heating systems

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Australian Marketing Institute unveils new brand platform via Hulsbosch

Bronwyn Powell

The Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) has teamed up with independent design and branding agency Hulsbosch to develop and create a new brand platform and refreshed visual identity.

The refreshed visual identity includes a new logo, colour palette, typography, imagery, and graphic style.

Marcel Wijnen, creative director at Hulsbosch, said the agency is bringing the AMI brand strategy and positioning to life.

They needed inspiring, contemporary, and simple solutions to better demonstrate what the association stands for and showcase who they are, to meet AMI’s future ambitions,” said Wijnen.

“Starting with concepts that integrate AMI’s brand vision and values, personality, and essence, we have used design elements which keeps them relevant with a look and feel that is truly the AMI’s.”

Bronwyn Powell, CEO of the AMI, said the revitalised brand platform and identity shows how AMI has evolved over the past 90 years.

“We thought it was fitting to introduce this new brand identity now, on our 90th anniversary, to reflect how AMI continues to be at the forefront of the changing digital landscape in the industry,” she said.

“The valuable work done by Hulsbosch ensures that our brand remains familiar, but also paves the way for a new chapter which will lead us into the future,” added Powell.

The AMI has also launched an ‘AMI Marketers’ Competency Framework’ for professional career marketers, a comprehensive guideline outlining 25 competencies across 5 levels of proficiencies. The framework will be available to members in November this year.

Powell said the career competency framework will provide marketers with a consistent structure to understand and assess the skills required for diverse marketing and communications roles.

“It covers various sectors, including Business-to-Consumer (B2C), Business-to-Business (B2B), Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), professional services, government, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), ensuring its relevance across

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