Helping Your Business Thrive

The Athens County Economic Development Council is the champion of business in Southeast Ohio. We are a public-private partnership committed to increasing economic opportunity in Athens County by encouraging entrepreneurship, recruiting new businesses, and helping existing businesses grow and expand. Advocacy is the cornerstone of all we do. We work for you because your success is our success. Prosperous businesses make for happy employees and a booming local economy



To be a catalyst for quality jobs and progress in Athens County and throughout the region by creating a seamless network of economic development resources through partnerships with government, business and nonprofit organizations



To be the most respected and prominent agent for positive change in Athens County.


2021 Board Members

Mr. Lenny Eliason, Athens County Commissioners, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens, Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Jack Bortle, Athens County Port Authority

Mr. Dominick Brook, Ohio University

Ms. LeeAnn Helber, Ohio Health O’Bleness


Our Staff

Executive Director: Mollie Fitzgerald, MPA, CEcD

Project Coordinator:

Grants Administrator: Ricarda Sammaneh


View our 2021 Strategic Plan

ACEDC Strategic Plan Update FINAL_


View our Feature in Business View Magazine

Business View Civil and Municipal