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This page offers blog posts, news articles and events surrounding Athens County economic and community development efforts.

 

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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HAPCAP Announces New Affordable Connectivity Program

New initiative will help low-income residents to pay internet bills GLOUSTER – Hocking Athens Perry Community Action is excited to announce that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a new program to help make access to broadband internet affordable. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit launched as a result […]

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Milo’s Whole World Gourmet Announces Facility Expansion

ACEnet Food Ventures tenant Milo’s Whole World Gourmet, LLC, a fast-growing manufacturer of branded and private label specialty foods located in southeast Ohio, is proud to announce a major $1 million facility expansion. The expansion will allow the company to dramatically increase its sales, while significantly upgrading equipment, all in a brand-new 2100-sq ft production facility […]

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The Ohio Department of Development Offers Multiple Programs to help your Business Thrive

The Ohio Department of Development hosts a number of programs that are aimed at helping your business thrive in the post-COVID-19 economy. From grant opportunities, to business advice, ODOD or their partners likely offer a program that will fit your needs. Read more below:   Husted Announces Updated Top Jobs List Governor Mike DeWine and […]

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ACEDC Seeks New Project Specialist

Join our team!  The Athens County Economic Development Council is seeking a new Project Specialist.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 14, 2022.   PROJECT SPECIALIST JOB DESCRIPTION Reports to: Executive Director Work schedule: Full-time, typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with adjustments made for early morning, evening, and weekend events, and as needed […]

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February 2022 Lunch and Learn

The Entrepreneurship Development Group is excited to announce that the February 2022 Lunch and Learn presenter will be Heather Yakes, a certified Business and Executive Coach at ActionCoach. The title is “Hiring and Retaining Great Employees in the Midst of Record Unemployment and the Millennial Effect”. The Lunch and Learn will focus on hiring and […]

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January 2022 Lunch and Learn

The Entrepreneurship Development Group is excited to announce that the January 2022 Lunch and Learn presenter will be Athens County native, Jonathan E. Robe, Esquire. The title is “Overview of Intellectual Property Law and Emerging Legal Issues”. The Lunch and Learn will focus on understanding intellectual property and how that impacts your business. A summary […]

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ODOD Announces Brownfield Remediation Program

The Brownfield Remediation Program is designed to provide grants for the remediation of brownfield sites across Ohio to clean up the sites and prepare them for future economic development. Nearly $350 million is available. The majority of the funds, approximately $262 million, will be available on first-come, first-served basis statewide as provided for in statute. […]

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ODOD Announces Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program

This program is designed to provide grants for the demolition of commercial and residential buildings and revitalization of surrounding properties. Nearly $150 million is available. The majority of the funds, approximately $106 million, will be available on first-come, first-served basis statewide as provided for in statute. The balance of the funds available will provide for […]

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Joe Burrow Partnering with Nonprofit to Encourage Local Workforce Development

December 7, 2021 The Athens News Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and The Plains native Joe Burrow is partnering with a nonprofit that helps local workers get high-growth, in-demand jobs in the region. Although its programs are statewide, LevelUp GRIT Ohio focuses on Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties. The organization works with the Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Means […]

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Tri-County Career Center Awarded the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program Grant

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has announced that 54 Ohio school districts will receive awards through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program. These grants, totaling $13.5 million, will help districts establish new programs for students to earn industry-recognized credentials in priority industry sectors. “This funding will help more […]

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Companies Can Apply Now for Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program matches businesses interested in growing exports with highly motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. The Ohio Department of Development offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern. This year, there were 44 student/company matches across the state. The program is […]

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Hocking College: Telecom Tower Technician Training Programs Launch

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), has announced the launch of Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs at North Central State College, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce […]

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High speed internet coming to Amesville

December 1, 2021 By Dani Kington Messenger Assistant Editor, the Athens Messenger . A nearly $1 million project promises to bring reliable, high speed internet to Amesville, which currently experiences among the slowest internet speeds in the county. “We have a fairly low cost of living in our area and beautiful countryside, so I think […]

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Last Chance to Submit Applications for Small Business Grants

The Ohio Department of Development has defined a closing date for the four small business grants that have been available and designated for bars/restaurants, lodging, entertainment venues, and new businesses since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The closing date for applications to these grant opportunities will be Friday, December 3rd. All interested businesses […]

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Ohio University SBDC January 2022 Virtual Trainings

The Small Business Development Center at Ohio University has released a list of virtual trainings that will be offered in January 2022. See the available trainings below:   Facebook for Business Part 1 January 5, 2022 9:00AM-11:00AM Register Here   The Sales Leader’s Growth Mindset January 6, 2022 9:00AM-10:00AM Register Here   Microsoft Office Excel-Part […]

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It’s Time to Start Building Again: Federal Infrastructure Bill Becomes Law

November 23, 2021 The Montrose Group LLC. . After more-than a decade long-awaited infrastructure legislation has been passed and finally signed into law. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed by President Biden recently after months of negotiations. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will provide much needed resources across the country for a […]

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APLU names Ohio University 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Economic Engagement Connections award winner

Ohio University, OHIO News November 16, 2021 . The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named Ohio University a 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) Economic Engagement Connections award winner, the top prize in its annual awards competition. The awards recognize innovative projects or programs in economic engagement. APLU’s IEP Universities designation program helps higher […]

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JobsOhio Published American Rescue Plan Guidebook

State Economic Development firm, JobsOhio, has released their published version of a guidebook for the American Rescue Plan with the aim at helping Ohio’s local leaders maximize the impact of ~$5.3B in Treasury Fiscal Recovery Funds. The guidebook includes sections such as a primer on ARP funds, best practices, and potential investment ideas and approaches […]

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Ohio on pace for record year for new jobs from JobsOhio initiatives, says CEO J.P. Nauseef

November 8, 2021 By Rick Stillion, the Daily Jeffersonian . …JobsOhio plans to invest $50 million a year over the next four years that will serve as a catalyst to attract an additional $2.25 billion from other sources to develop a full portfolio of job-ready sites. . Business and political leaders attending the Eastern Ohio […]

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Advertising Co-Op Program Promotes Ohio Tourism

The Ohio. Find It Here. Co-Op Advertising Program is open to all Ohio organizations that contribute to a healthy tourism economy – from CVBs to destinations, lodging, restaurants, attractions, festivals, and more.   But you need to hurry: Advertising Selection Forms must be submitted by Nov. 19, 2021.   The program provides tourism industry members […]

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Husted Announces Launch of IMAP Grant Opportunity

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the launch of the application for Ohio’s Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the second round of the initiative, which helps those who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive […]

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November 2021 Lunch and Learn

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Apprenticeship Day Zoom Panel Discussion November 18th

Project RISE will be hosting a virtual Apprenticeship Panel Discussion. This live feed event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 18th  from 9 am until 10 am.  We are pleased to have representatives from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18, Carpenters Union Local 1090, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters Local 577, and the Ohio Laborers […]

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