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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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Local craft brewery plans major renovations, changes

Click here for the original story in the Athens News By Kayla Beard     Little Fish Brewing Company, on Athens’ northwest side, is planning an expansion of its production area that will include added parking outside the building, and a small kitchen that will allow the business to offer its own menu and not […]

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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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