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Fairfield Advantage Newsletter - February 2016
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Fairfield County
Economic Development
210 East Main Street, Room 407
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
P: 740-652-7160

Rick Szabrak
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Fairfield County Economic Development, Lancaster, Ohio.
 February 2016

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Has your inbox felt a void during the past few months? Have you been anxiously checking your email to see if you've received the latest Fairfield Advantage e-newsletter only to be disappointed? Well, your wait is over. We're back and ready to share the wonderful things that are happening in Fairfield County.
The Fairfield County Economic Development department has gone through a transition in the past seven months. Both positions in the office switched hands since the middle of 2015. Linda Kaufman retired from her position as Economic Development Assistant at the end of June and Bob Clark, Economic Development Director, left his position in August. Bob was elected to Canal Winchester's city council and started his term a few weeks ago and I know he'll do great things for that city.

Our new Economic Development Assistant is AJ Lacefield. AJ lives on the east side of Lancaster and is a recent graduate of Heidelberg University (the one in Ohio, not Germany). AJ was born in Madison, Wisconsin but grew up in northeastern Ohio and has lived in the Lancaster area for a year and a half. If you want to talk about Apple watches or anything techy, trendy, or cool AJ's your guy.
My name is Rick Szabrak and I've been the Fairfield County Economic Development Director for a month. If my name sounds familiar it may be from a previous role as publisher of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

Many people have asked me why I made the switch in careers. Below are the main reasons:
Family is first. I have a one-year old son and I was looking for a job where I could work closer to home (my job with the Eagle-Gazette changed a few years ago and I was covering 10 sites across Ohio as our company's regional sales director).
Second, I love how much people love this area. What does that mean? Well, I've worked across the state and I haven't seen people as passionate about where they live and work as those in Fairfield County. 

We take ownership of problems facing our community and we
work together to overcome them. I share that love of this community and am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve those that live and work here.

Finally, it fits with what I've been doing for the past 10 years. My job was to transform our newspaper to better serve our readers and the community while maintaining the parts of the paper that people loved. As Economic Development Director, my role is to help transform Fairfield County into a forward-thinking, economic engine while maintaining the land, history and sense of community that people love.
AJ and I are excited about what's ahead for Fairfield County. The Fairfield Advantage e-newsletter will be delivered at a minimum of the first Friday of every month. It will be in a casual, blog format like this and will highlight growth in our county. We'll also discuss things that are happening at the regional and the state level. If you have anything about your business that you would like included, please send this information to AJ at ajlacefield@co.fairfield.oh.us.
And please reach out to me. We are here to help your business in any way we can. Whether it's looking for funds, looking for property where you can grow, or you have general questions please don't hesitate to ask. My email is rmszabrak@co.fairfield.oh.us. I look forward to hearing from you and can't wait to work with you to help this county grow.


Rick Szabrak
Economic Development Director
Fairfield County

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AJ Lacefield, Fairfield County Economic Development Assistant
Phone: (740) 652-7160  --  E-mail: ajlacefield@co.fairfield.oh.us
Rick Szabrak, Director
Email / P: 740-652-7162
Rick Szabrak