Intel’s $20 billion dilemma for mayors: Keeping city history while welcoming growth

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Ohio’s biggest economic development project in state history is posing big challenges to the three mayors most connected to it who are seeking to balance the potential for what Intel’s arrival brings to the region while retaining the qualities that make their cities special.

“Johnstown is very rural,” Mayor Donald Barnard told about 200 people on Wednesday at the weekly Columbus Metropolitan Club. “We don’t want to lose that.”

New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding and Gahanna Mayor Laurie Jadwin joined Barnard for a panel discussion to discuss the preparations they and their cities are making for the $20 billion project that’s underway in New Albany and about a mile from the edge of Johnstown. Gahanna is about a 10-minute drive from the project.

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