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ReUse Industries opens combined store/makerspace

Click here for the original story in the Athens News     Athens MakerSpace and a new store called “ReUse on Union” are now open at 751 W. Union St. in Athens, according to a news release. The 5,000-square-foot Athens Makerspace provides tools, workspace and classes in woodworking, metalworking, fabric-fiber arts, 3D printing, sustainable design […]

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Is zoning in the cards for The Plains or Athens Twp.?

Renewed call for zoning in The Plains spurs discussions, though opposition is expected By Kayla Beard Click here for the original story in the Athens News   Some residents in The Plains recently have expressed a desire for mild zoning regulations, something that has long been opposed by many residents of The Plains and other […]

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ACEnet unveils new food processing facility

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist   NELSONVILLE — ACEnet unveiled a food processing facility at its new Food and Farm Enterprise Center on Friday in Nelsonville. ACEnet, which stands for Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, is a business incubator with locations in both Athens […]

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OhioHealth announces new Sustainability Plan

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Erin Franczak   OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital announced a new focus on sustainability this week, with plans to improve its environmental impact in the years ahead. The Sustainability Plan was announced Tuesday and is set to begin on Sunday. The five-year plan focuses on three […]

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County concerns on Route 50W sewer project are alleviated

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist   Despite concerns about public meeting “performance” and the project timeline, the Athens County Commissioners appeared to have all of their questions satisfied Tuesday concerning the $25 million Route 50W sanitary sewer project. Their questions were directed toward […]

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2018 Economic Familiarization Tour

May 11th, 2018 the Athens County Port Authority sponsored an Economic Development Familiarization Tour as part of National Economic Development Week .  Elected officials along with the public were invited to visit local business to learn more about them and the impact they have on the community. Along with that participants were learned more about the […]

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Officials note Athens County Land Bank progress

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist   Progress is being made on the Athens County Land Bank, with nearly a dozen active projects being eyed for potential acquisition, possibly later this year. Eleven such properties are located throughout the county, including three vacant, dilapidated […]

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Athens ranked as 8th poorest community in U.S. but ranking likely needs an asterisk

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard         According to a report recently released by 24/7 Wall Street ranking the 30 poorest communities in the United States, Athens, Ohio is the eighth poorest small city in the nation. That likely comes as a surprise to local […]

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StewMac buys its Shafer Street building

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger From Staff Reports   Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing Co. has purchased the building on Shafer Street in Athens where the company has been located for many years. Courthouse records show the property was purchased for $800,000 from Steven E. and Denise A. Radliffe, co-successor trustees of the […]

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Tourism and Economic Development Go Hand in Hand

By Paige Alost May 11, 2018 Editor’s Note: May 7-12 has been designated as National Economic Development Week by the International Economic Development Council. The Athens County Economic Development Council is recognizing this week through a series of submitted articles in The Athens Messenger. It should come as no surprise that May 7-12 is both […]

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A Strategy for Economic Growth in Southeast Ohio

By Mike Jacoby May 10, 2018 Editor’s Note: May 7-12 has been designated as National Economic Development Week by the International Economic Development Council. The Athens County Economic Development Council is recognizing this week through a series of submitted articles in The Athens Messenger. In school everyone learned that the United States has an economy […]

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Entrepreneurship and making in a changing economy

By Jennifer Simon May 9, 2018 Editor’s Note: May 7-12 has been designated as National Economic Development Week by the International Economic Development Council. The Athens County Economic Development Council is recognizing this week through a series of submitted articles in The Athens Messenger. In October 2016, we began a journey to build a new and […]

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A Celebration of National Economic Development Week

A celebration of National Economic Development Week By Sara Marrs-Maxfield May 6, 2018     May 7-12 has been designated as National Economic Development Week by the International Economic Development Council. This celebration was created in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of […]

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May 7-12, 2018 Declared as “National Economic Development Week” by Athens County

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City of Athens Draft Downtown Redevelopment District Economic Development Plan

Please click the link below to view The City of Athens Draft of the the Downtown Redevelopment District Economic Development Plan. This will be discussed Monday April 16th at 7pm at the City Council Meeting.   Athens DRD Draft Plan 3-30-18 Favorite

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Running Your Own Small Sawmill

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Historic Nelsonville Eagles building may become hotel

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist       NELSONVILLE — The Athens County land bank’s first potential property purchase and sale to a potential buyer may end up being historic in two different ways, if it proceeds, with downtown Nelsonville becoming the possible […]

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Tri-C celebrates 50 years

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni Messenger Staff Journalist     “Graduating with my class showed I can do anything I can put my mind to.” Aleta Eberett Adams Tri-C Class of 1977 NELSONVILLE — There were several ways to celebrate Tri-County Career Center’s 50 years of […]

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ACEnet AmeriCorps VISTA position

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With county help, The Plains takes action to improve itself

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Fred Kight     Last year the Athens County Commissioners made the offer to communities in the county – initiate an effort to make your town a better place to live and work and we’ll help, including with a little funding. The Plains, an […]

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Voinovich School celebrates 10 years of public service & teaching

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Fred Kight         People have to look up to see Ohio University’s Voinovich School because of its location on a ridge overlooking Athens. They also should look up to it figuratively for work that it has done to benefit the region. […]

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Chamber celebrates members’ achievements at annual dinner

Click here for the original story in the Athens News The Ohio University Inn and Conference Center hosted Athens Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses for the 2017 Annual Dinner last Thursday.  A common thread throughout the acceptance speeches for various awards presented at the dinner included community support, dedication, partnerships and gratitude. Award recipients […]

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ACEDC Wins the the Holzaepfel Economic Impact Award

The Athens County Economic Development Council recently received the Holzaepfel Economic Impact Award. This is awarded to a member business to the Chamber of Commerce for exceptional economic impact in the region.  Our Executive Director, Sara Marrs-Maxfield, received the award at the 2017 Annual Chamber Dinner last week.             Favorite

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March’s Lunch & Learn

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Shark Tub 2018

SUBJECT: Calling All Regional Businesses! $10,000 in total cash prizes available!   If you are a business in Southeast Ohio looking to make a splash, apply here to participate in our 4th annual Shark Tub event! ​ If selected, you will be competing against 19 other businesses for $10,000 in total cash prizes, gaining serious exposure to the […]

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