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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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