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March, 07 2022

Solar array installed at Chauncey-Dover Baileys trailhead

March 4th, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger A new solar array was donated and installed by Third Sun Solar at the Baileys Trail System’s Chauncey-Dover trailhead, the company announced in a press release. The solar array is located on the roof of the new restroom facility and will reduce the Village of Chauncey’s utility […]

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March, 03 2022

Project to preserve old Chauncey mine buildings moves forward

March 2, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor With initial grant funding secured, “there really isn’t a question” that at least some of the old mine buildings in Chauncey will be preserved for an outdoor museum, said Chauncey Mayor Amy Renner. The collection of dilapidated mining industry buildings sits near the Chauncey-Dover Trailhead at […]

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Athens County Land Bank files state demolition grant application

March 2, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger The Athens County Land Reutilization Corporation filed a grant application on Monday with the Ohio Department of Development to demolish 42 buildings and six mobile homes in a countywide effort to eliminate blight. Funding became available through the state budget passed last summer that allocated $150 million […]

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February, 24 2022

ODNR to restore mine lands in Athens area through bipartisan infrastructure bill

February 23, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger ATHENS – Through the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded over $46 million to reclaim and restore abandoned mine land throughout the state, including in Athens County. “These projects benefit everyone by removing dangerous features that create public […]

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February, 22 2022

City of Nelsonville working to demolish many condemned buildings

February 16th, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger NELSONVILLE – Nelsonville City Council passed an ordinance at its Monday meeting allowing 23 previously condemned buildings to be demolished, setting the city up to benefit from grant funding available to remove dilapidated structures in the county. The city will work with the Athens County Land Bank […]

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February, 09 2022

Five local sites may see environmental remediation

February 7th, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor Five Athens County properties long contaminated with environmental hazards may finally move toward a much needed clean-up. “One of the biggest impediments redeveloping blighted sites is often environmental contamination,” said Athens County Land Bank Chair and Athens County Treasurer Ric Wasserman. “The sites we’re talking about […]

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Employers and schools are working to address labor shortage in southeast Ohio

February 4th, 2022 By David Forster, WOUB   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Last year a group of manufacturers in southeast Ohio asked more than a thousand students in middle and high school if they were interested in a career in manufacturing. Just over 3 percent said yes. Forty-four percent said they were not at all interested. […]

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February, 04 2022

Ohio’s Innovation Economy is Thriving

The State of Startups: Ohio report was recently published. It showcases the State of Ohio’s many recent successes in fostering growth within science and tech-enabled startups as a result of the aggregated work of the many Ohio Third Frontier, Ohio Department of Development supported entities. In the past four years alone, Ohio’s startup ecosystem has created 10,570 […]

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January, 06 2022

Albany awarded funding to plan for the future development

January 5, 2021 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger   ALBANY —The Village of Albany announced this week that it received funding from the Athens County Foundation to support the development of a comprehensive plan, which will guide land use as the village pursues development opportunities. “We’re trying to look forward to the future, instead of […]

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Buckeye Hills Regional Council Call for Projects: Submit Project Profiles by March 31

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is committed to assisting stakeholders across the region with identifying and securing resources that strengthen southeast Ohio communities. Completing Buckeye Hills’ online Project Profile questionnaire is the first step for local officials to pursue project funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and other state and federal partners. The Appalachian Regional Commission […]

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