Economy Section :: Page 30
Yellow Springs is aging more rapidly than anytime in at least the last 40 years, as its median age rose more than seven years in the last decade alone, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures.
Where can you learn how to repair a tractor, help move a barn, have chicks raised for you and eventually pick your own strawberries and buy fresh-pressed apple cider vinegar and hazelnut oil, all from a 29-year-old woman?
Local businesses looking to save money by cutting their fuel use now have an extra incentive to do so. Money that began as a fine against the Village for buying power from a polluting coal plant is coming home to help Yellow Springs businesses get energy-efficient.
Call it the Miracle on Walnut Street. A dingy, dilapidated house — the eyesore of the neighborhood — is transformed into a stately, sleek modern home with a neighbor’s investment and a local couple’s vision.
Erik and Deirdre Owen recently turned Italian villa on a historic estate into an “art bed and breakfast.”
If the Village finalizes a contract with SolarVision, LLC to develop a solar farm, millions of dollars in outside financing will be used to construct and maintain the project.
A 2.5 megawatt solar farm will be built on the Village-owned Glass Farm, Village Council decided at its April 19 meeting.
The Springs Gallery opened in Kings Yard this month.
A review of the efforts the Village has made since that time to stimulate economic development could contextualize the levy renewal coming up for a vote on May 3.
Though it is difficult to predict the future of the Yellow Springs economy, the subtle job loss and flat tax revenues to the Village over the past decade indicate that the Village budget will continue to be tight in the coming years.