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Board OKs 100 percent engineering for sewer project

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By David  Dewitt   The Athens County Commissioners on Thursday authorized the final stage of design work on a proposed sewer-extension project in the Athens-to-Albany corridor southwest of the city. The approval carries the stipulation that in order for the project to move forward, it […]

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RXQ Compounding buys property in Albany for expansion

Click here for the original story from The Athens Messenger By Steve Robb, Messenger staff journalist   An Athens business has purchased property for a major expansion that the company expects will add dozens of jobs. RXQ Compounding, currently located in the Ohio University Innovation Center, has bought a building and adjacent land in Albany from the […]

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‘Makerspaces’ help make dreams a reality

Click here for the original story from the Athens News By Dennis E Powell, Athens News Staff   They’re called “makerspaces,” and they are to manufactured goods what “farm to fork” is to foodstuffs. Many people have heard of the “farm to fork” idea: planting the seed, growing, harvesting, processing where necessary, and serving foodstuffs, […]

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Commissioners indicate support for creating land bank

Click here for the original story from The Athens Messenger By Steve Robb, Messenger staff journalist   The Athens County Commissioners appear headed toward creating a land bank, although it likely won’t happen until the first of the year. A land bank is a mechanism for dealing with abandoned, dilapidated houses that have tax delinquencies. County Treasurer […]

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Bringing Thailand to Athens through food

Click here for the original story from The Athens Messenger By Samantha Taylor, Messenger Staff Journalist     For May Rath, cooking is one of the few things in Athens that can take her back to her native Thailand. Rath moved here a few years ago after getting married, having previously worked for a university […]

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for North 1804 Way

Last week the Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC) had the privilege and opportunity to be apart of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new roundabout and road on Stimson Ave. The ACEDC played an important role in helping this project come to pass. This new road will be a great benefit for local business […]

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Athens County Economic Development Council Receives $5,000 Grant From AEP Ohio

  COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 22, 2017 — The Athens County Economic Development Council has been awarded a $5,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). AEP Ohio awarded the grant to The Athens County Economic Development Council through their Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides funding […]

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Nelsonville signals interest in redevelopment district

Click here for the original story from The Athens Messenger By Larry Di Giovanni, Messenger Staff Journalist Oct 6, 2017 NELSONVILLE — A Downtown Redevelopment District that would cost the city of Nelsonville nothing to plan or implement has captured city leaders’ interest. The city’s Planning and Development Committee received a presentation Wednesday from Sara […]

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OU partners with company in research and development of medicinal cannabis products

Click here for the original story from The Athens New By David DeWitt, Associate Editor Oct 1, 2017 As medicinal marijuana comes to the Buckeye State, Ohio University is going all in through a partnership with Black Elk Biotechnology out of Westerville, which has applied for cultivation, processing and dispensary licenses. Black Elk, which has […]

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Solsmart Brings Solar Recognition and Services to SE Ohio

Click here for the original story from The Athens News   By Mathew Roberts, Info and Outreach Director, UpGrade Ohio Aug 16, 2017 Last year the solar industry created jobs 17 times faster than the overall U.S. economy, with more than 260,000 workers nationwide and over 5,800 jobs in Ohio. Solar development employs more than […]

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Economic Development Plan Shoots for Thousands of Jobs

Click here for the originally story from WOUB. April 17, 2017 Nick Niehaus “Within five years, Athens County should add 2,500 new jobs, cut the poverty rate for children by five points and increase the per capita income by 15 percent.” Those are the goals listed in the Comprehensive Economic Development Plan accepted by the […]

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Ride-sharing service sets Athens County launch for early in June

Click here for the original story from The Athens News.  May 29, 2017 Conor Morris A representative for a new ride-sharing service launching in Athens County says the service is expecting to start offering rides in early June. Liberty Mobility Now is a ride-sharing service, cellphone application and phone line from a small start-up company […]

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Athens County eyed as site for medical marijuana operation

Click here for the original article from The Athens Messenger.  April 23, 2017 Steve Robb A company based in central Ohio wants to operate a medical marijuana facility at Theisen Industrial Park near The Plains. If Black Elk Biotech can get state licenses, the plan is to grow marijuana and process it into treatment products […]

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Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

This NPR article covers the Innovation Center’s very own Liberty Transportation. Valerie LeFler is doing great things for Southeast Ohio’s chronic transportation issues, and we are excited to have her here in Athens! Find the complete story below or here.  April 17, 2017 M.L. Shultze Shelia Mendoza says she’s not looking for a livelihood out of […]

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Athens County Community Improvement Challenge 2017

The Athens County Community Improvement Challenge is meant to support and assist communities and individuals seeking improvement.  Community is defined as a group of people living in the same place, having a particular characteristic in common, or a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Athens County […]

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Intelligent Community Forum April 6

Would you like to learn about Fiber, Broadband and WiFi in Southeast Ohio? Fundamentally, a smart rural community uses broadband networks to enable applications that the community can leverage for innovative economic development, first-rate education and health care, better government services, more robust public safety and more efficient energy distribution and use. Understanding the use […]

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Innovation Center receives highly competitive Global Soft Landing Network designation

This article from Ohio University’s Perspective Magazine highlights the Innovation Center’s recent  recognition as part of the Global Soft Landings Network. Find the complete article below or here.    February 27, 2017 From staff reports The Innovation Center, Ohio University’s business incubator, has been selected by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) to join its Global Soft […]

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Athens County Economic Development Council releases new comprehensive strategic plan

Plan has strong emphasis on site development, living wage jobs and business investment    Athens, OH – February 21, 2017 – At its February 15th board meeting, the Athens County Economic Development Council moved to adopt a new comprehensive, county-wide economic development strategic plan that sets goals for site development infrastructure, increasing living wage jobs, […]

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Little Fish Brewing Company receives $50,000 loan from ACEDC’s micro revolving loan fund

An article on Little Fish’s micro loan was also features in the Athens Messenger: http://bit.ly/2lovbH8 Money to be used for equipment upgrades and solar panel installation project   Athens, OH, February 13, 2017 – Little Fish Brewing Company owners Sean White and Jimmy Stockwell received a $50,000 check from the Athens County Economic Development Council during […]

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Solar company grew from owners’ need, interest

By Kevin Kidder For Columbus CEO Magazine; Taken from the Columbus Dispatch   Michelle and Geoff Greenfield didn’t set out to create a business when they started researching solar power in Ohio at the beginning of the millennium. But what they learned in a quest for solar panels on the house they were building in […]

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2011/2012 East State Street

2011 East State Street Premier Development Acreage – One of the largest underdeveloped opportunities on East State Street totaling 19.59 acres, surveyed into 5 parcels with # 1 being the largest at 5.97 acres and tract # 5 being the smallest at 2.15 acres. This site is zoned ‘MANUFACTURING’ with two approved curb cuts and featuring over 1400 ft. of frontage on the south […]

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Lots of Jobs, Not Much Pay

The recent story by The Athens News’ Conor Morris reiterates why it is important not only to have jobs, but to have living wage jobs that support families and increase the economic prosperity of Athens County. Find the complete story below or at http://bit.ly/2jSugfL  January 18, 2016 By: Conor Morris The Great Recession of 2007-2009 hit […]

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OU to meet with potential Ridges developers

Article from Athens News By Conor Morris Ohio University is set to meet today (Jan. 9) with developers who are interested in working with the university on plans to redevelop The Ridges. According to a release from the university, the meeting is merely “informational,” meant to assist potential developers with “understanding the opportunities” in the […]

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