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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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ARC report lists Athens County as ‘distressed’ in annual report

Click here to read the original story in The Post By Shelby Campbell       The Appalachian Regional Commission listed Athens as a distressed county in its evaluation of Appalachian county economic statuses for fiscal year 2018. Athens was listed as at-risk instead of distressed for fiscal year 2017. The ARC takes several different […]

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Devi’s Kettle to add Pork & Pickles

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard       Two local businesses are joining forces to bring together two of Athens’ favorite things: beer and food. Pork & Pickles has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new food trailer it plans to open this spring at […]

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Coffee shop slated to open at historic Athens riverside site

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard   Many Athens area motorists drive past the old brick building at 9133 Rock Riffle Road, a stone’s throw away from the Stimson Avenue Bridge, multiple times every day, taking it for granted. Soon the building, which also houses Pallini Industries, Inc., […]

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Projects sought for Community Development grant funding

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger   The Athens County Commissioners are seeking projects in the county for Community Development Block Grant funding. All communities in the county are encouraged to apply by completing the Project Profile Form, located at www.hapcap.org/communitydevelopment. The deadline to submit project profiles is March 31. For more […]

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Commissioners authorize fee to support new land bank

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Robb Messenger Staff Journalist     A resolution authorizing a fee to support the newly created Athens County land bank was approved Tuesday by the county commissioners. In January, the commissioners voted unanimously to authorize County Treasurer Bill Bias to file articles of […]

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March’s Profit Mastery Class

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Steak ‘N Shake planned for former Ponderosa site

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By Steve Rob Messenger Staff Journalist   Three Athens natives are partnering on a project that would put a Steak ‘N Shake restaurant on East State Street at the former site of a Ponderosa restaurant. The goal is to break ground in the spring and […]

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February Lunch & Learn

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Innovation Center Workshops

Mark you calendars for these upcoming Innovation Center Workshops! The Ideation Workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to identify and determine unknowns related to potential customers. This free workshop is best suited for individuals who have an initial idea that has potential and want to continue to work on it. In the […]

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