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Ohio Means Jobs Employer Open House

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Local startup hopes for big things from its ‘Glow’ tracker

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Fred Kight       Ben Lachman thinks 2018 will be a banner year. “We’re hoping to make some big announcements in the new year,” promised Lachman, who is co-founder of Potential Labs, a hardware technology startup operating out of Athens. The reason for […]

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Change headed Athens’ way in 2018

Click here for original story in the Athens Messenger By Samantha Taylor Messenger Staff Journalist   The city of Athens can expect to see some big changes in 2018. Having officially entered the new year, Athens City Council itself will see some new faces join its membership at the upcoming first council meeting of the […]

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Commissioners vote to create Athens County land bank

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb, Messenger Staff Journalist Creation of a land bank as a way of dealing with dilapidated, tax-delinquent properties was approved Tuesday by the Athens County Commissioners. They voted unanimously to authorize County Treasurer Bill Bias to file articles of incorporation for a land […]

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Loan fund aids new & growing businesses

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Fred Kight, Writer   Jimmy Stockwell is one of those lucky people who has figured out a way to bring home a paycheck from something he really enjoys doing – in his case, making beer. “Owning a local business has given me the opportunity […]

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Athens Co. location misses out on marijuana cultivation license

Click here for the original story in the Athens News   A business that hoped to open a medical marijuana cultivation site in Athens County was not selected for one of 12 state licenses that would have allowed it to grow marijuana. Now that business, Black Elk, LLC, a Westerville, Ohio-based company with a subsidiary […]

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County OKs tax abatement for Albany pharmaceutical facility

The Athens County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an enterprise zone agreement, with a 60-percent real-estate tax abatement for 10 years, with a local pharmaceutical manufacturing company to construct a building in Albany and create at least 75 full-time jobs over the next three years. RXQ Compounding, LLC, an FDA-licensed “outsourcing” business based in […]

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Athens company gets county tax abatement, JobsOhio funding for expansion

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger   A real estate tax abatement for the expansion of RXQ Compounding was approved Tuesday by the Athens County Commissioners. It’s part of a financial assistance package that also includes a loan and grant from JobsOhio. The expansion is expected to retain jobs and create […]

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Economic Development Council: Athens needs higher wages, affordable housing

Click here to read the original story in the Athens Messenger By Samantha Taylor, Messenger Staff Journalist   What does Athens County need to boost its economy? The answer, according to the Athens County Economic Development Council, is two-fold: the county needs jobs with higher wages and more affordable housing within the city of Athens. […]

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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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