Land Bank / City Development Director
The Ross County Land Bank (Ross County Land Reutilization Corporation) was established in 2016 as a means to reduce the number of vacant and blighted properties in the City. Vacant and blighted properties attract crimes and lead to a number of problems for the community including lowered property values on neighboring homes and decreased tax revenue for the County. The Land Bank acquires properties headed for foreclosure proceedings or those sitting vacant and through either demolition or rehabilitation, improves the properties and makes them usable.
By forming the Land Bank, the area was approved for up to $500,000 in grant funding through the Neighborhood Initiative Program. These funds go toward the acquisition and demolition of vacant and blighted properties. The Land Bank is currently looking into funding and seeking partners to rehabilitate properties that can be saved and are cost effective.
About Our Director
Traci Harris joined the City as Development Director in November 2018. As Development Director, she also serves as the Executive Director of the Land Bank. The majority of her time is spent acquiring properties for the Land Bank and following through on procedures to determine the best course of action for each property and working with contractors on asbestos and demolition projects. When not working on Land Bank duties, she is responsible for seeking out available grant opportunities that can help in any area of city operations.
Traci moved to Chillicothe in 2007 and has experience in writing and managing grants, as well as program management. She graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Legal Studies and in her spare time is the coordinator for Project School Tools and is a volunteer tax preparer for the local AARP Tax-Aide Program.
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