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Envisioning the future of the Buckeye Lake Region is a journey – and we hope you’ll join us. Below is a detailed list of the nine task forces that execute the work of the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation. Pick one that matches your interests and contact the chairperson to find out how you can get involved.
Our nine specialized task forces have been designed to identify and exploit the strengths and opportunity areas of the Buckeye Lake Region. Each task force chair oversees specific objectives and ensures that related initiatives, which support the Buckeye Lake 2036 Vision, are coordinated and fulfilled.
Explore The Buckeye Lake Task Forces
Administration, Branding and Communication (ABC)
The work of the ABC Task Force is to provide administrative, branding and communication to support the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation and the Buckeye Lake 2036 Vision. This task force meets regularly at The Buckeye Lake History Museum in order to develop key branding assets to promote this vision. The group is responsible for organizing email databases, updating website content, creating a social media presence and sending newsletters to the community.
Co-Chairs: Doug Poorman and Brittany Misner
Land, Lake and Leisure Uses (L3U).
The goal of L3U is to capitalize on the expansive and accessible outdoor recreation and connectivity opportunities available on, around and within Buckeye Lake. The task force explores and identifies the best practices for all outdoor recreation and leisure activities for Buckeye Lake. They represent the community’s position in regard to all planning, funding and execution of required infrastructure and connectivity. The group’s focus is multiple bike and pedestrian paths around the Lake with the help of local firms NBBJ and MKSK. To find out more information about biking at Buckeye Lake, visit the Bike Buckeye Lake Facebook page.
Chair: Jeff Ritter
Private Resources Development (PRD).
This task force identifies, develops and coordinates resources of community members, economic beneficiaries and civic leaders from Buckeye Lake and beyond. Through these efforts they hope to grow year-round tourism, bring prosperity through job growth and enhance quality of life for all through the support of community leaders, citizens and business owners actively engaged in planning for the future of Buckeye Lake.
Chair: Rich Smith
Regional Planning Management (RPM).
The RPF Task Force serves as the funding implement of a regional plan for the Buckeye Lake Region. Their objective is to define a regional plan scope of work, consistent with the Buckeye Lake 2036 vision and to identify resources and raise funds for its implementation with a goal of $1,500,000. Currently, RPF has partnered with Gruen and Gruen to complete an economic impact study for the region in order to support our Buckeye Lake 2036 efforts. From an urban planning prospective, the RPF task force is working with NBBJ and MKSK in conjunction with The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) on the new public space design of the dam or “Lake Walk”. RPF is also working with DPZ to illustrate the community’s vision in a preliminary schematic design document.
Chair: Ken Morris
Water Quality Task Force (WQ).
The Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow group leads the Water Quality Task Force for the Buckeye Lake 2036 vision. Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow is an existing group of volunteers highly skilled in this area of expertise. Currently, they are gathering all past studies and reports for review. Another mission of this group is to improve the lake’s water quality through dreading, identifying and designing and permitting a wetland filtration system. In addition, the group is working with OSU and FAU on a Wetland Modeling Study (Mesocosm) and exploring the feasibility of a Crystal Lagoon in Buckeye Lake.
Chair: Matt Baumann
Sector Developments (SECDEV).
The Sector Developments Task Force is responsible for supporting sectors of the economy that have a positive influence around the lake. These influences include, but are not limited to: hospitality, tourism, art and culture and value-added agriculture. To support these areas, the Sector Developments Task Force identifies, convenes, informs and coordinates the financial, civic, political and business resources of the major economic beneficiaries of Buckeye Lake’s transformation. The group is researching the feasibility of grape growing and wine production opportunities in the Buckeye Lake Region. In addition, they are exploring the growing of barley as a winter crop for potential malting facilities in the region. This will encourage the resurgence of breweries and distilleries in the region as well as provide opportunities for such things as a brewery school and beer museum.
Government Affairs (GAFF).
This task force is in place to help foster communication with state officials and local state representatives. The firm Van Meter, Ashbrook & Associates is hired under the direction of task force chair, Kitty Olohan Zwisser, to help with government relations. Their primary goal is to communicate the Buckeye Lake 2036 vision to the Governor’s office and the Ohio House and Senate.
Chair: Kitty Olohan Zwissler
Public Funding and Grants (PFG).
This task force serves as the funding implement of a regional plan for the Buckeye Lake Region. The purpose of the Public Funding and Grants Task Force is to define a regional plan scope of work, consistent with the vision outlined in the Buckeye Lake 2036 vision. This includes identifying resources and raising the funds for its implementation. Currently, the group has targeted $200,000 for the first round of grants. As of today, they have raised $60,000 in grant funding and are exploring other impactful grant funding through the Muskingum Watershed Authority.
Chair: David Hansen
Regional Governance (GOV).
The Buckeye Lake Oversight Council consists of various civic, county, village, township and Home Owners Association (HOA) leaders connected to the Buckeye Lake Region.
Chair: Duane Flowers