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

 

Global Cooling announces job growth, seals deal with JobsOhio

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to see original story in the Athens Messenger. Global Cooling plans to add more than 30 jobs at its facility in Theisen Industrial Park over the next two to three years, the company announced Friday. The industrial park is near The Plains, but has an Athens address. […]

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New natural-foods grocery opens on East State Steet

By Hardika Singh Click here to see original story in the Athens News. Kindred Market, an independent, full-service natural and organic-foods grocery, opened Saturday on East State Street to the general public after a “soft opening” last Tuesday. Kindred joins The Farmacy on Stimson Avenue as the second natural-food grocery outlet on Athens’ Near East […]

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5 takeaways from the Appalachian State of the Region conference

By JULIE CIOTOLA and DELANEY MURRAY Click here to see original story in the Athens Messenger. There are many economic challenges facing Southeast Ohio, but there are also many groups working to solve these problems to better the lives of area residents. That was the main theme of the 8th Annual Appalachian Ohio State of […]

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Distillery moves to Athens; will feature tasting room

By Conor Morris Click here to see original story in the Athens News. The co-owner of the West End Ciderhouse hosted a tour last week showcasing a new distillery facility on Athens’ West Side that soon will be selling retail bottles of locally crafted liquor and cider. The distillery, previously known as Dancing Tree Distillery, […]

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Low-income housing credits awarded for renovation project at Carpenter Hall

Click here to see original story in the Athens News. Finance Fund has been awarded low-income housing tax credits (“LIHTC”) from Ohio Housing Finance Agency to preserve affordable housing in Athens, according to a news release from the Fund, a statewide nonprofit. Carpenter Hall, a 53-unit development built in the early 1980s, consists of six […]

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County to pay off taxes to get former Dollar General building

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here for original story in the Athens Messenger. GLOUSTER — The Athens County Commissioners voted Monday to spend $4,000 to acquire the former Dollar General building in Glouster by paying off property taxes that are owed. The current owner of the building is JSMN Ohio Properties LLC of […]

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Lunch & Learn, June 20, 2019: Let John Sammon, CEO of Sixth City Marketing, unveil his insider tips for where to start in Analytics.

Lunch & Learn – June 20, 2019 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Please visit Sixth City Marketing’s website to learn more. Are you regularly looking at your website statistics? If so, are you overwhelmed by the data? You could be missing out on key insights, which could significantly impact current or future online marketing efforts. […]

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Intelliwave gets nod to put broadband in sewer project area

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to read original story in the Athens Messenger. Intelliwave, an Athens-based company, has won the right to install infrastructure for broadband internet along the path of the Route 50 sanitary sewer project. The Athens County Commissioners sent out a request seeking proposals from companies interested in installing […]

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Design plans nearing completion for Route 50 sewer project

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to read original story in the Athens Messenger. Design plans for the Route 50W sanitary sewer project are expected to be completed by May 24, and Athens County officials are now aiming to put the project out to bid in July. The Athens County Commissioners discussed the […]

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Albany officials support annexation request

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to see original story in the Athens Messenger. Albany officials urged the Athens County Commissioners on Tuesday to allow the annexation of a piece of land into the village. G&H Diversified Properties is seeking annexation of 1.483 acres of property located at the intersection of Route 50 […]

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Options still in play for county building space needs

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here for original story in the Athens News. Athens County officials are still exploring options for finding a new home for the local OhioMeansJobs office, with the possibility of constructing a building now being mentioned. Relocating OhioMeansJobs is just one real estate issue the commissioners are trying to […]

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Plans call for Athens to Albany, Nelsonville bus service – New routes projected to start in August

By Kayla Beard Click here for original story in The Athens News. Athens Public Transit is getting closer to beginning a pilot program that would extend fixed-route bus services between Athens and the communities of Nelsonville and Albany. The Athens County Commissioners last week joined numerous other local partners in committing funds to the pilot […]

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Athens Twp. decides to move ahead with Plains zoning

By Kayla Beard Click here to read original article in the Athens News. After nearly a year of conversations among area elected officials, a plan to establish zoning regulations in The Plains is moving forward for part of that unincorporated area. Athens Township will soon be seeking volunteers to serve on a zoning commission that […]

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Bus line to Albany, Nelsonville nears HAPCAP funding goal

By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist Click here to read original story in the Athens Messenger. The Athens County Commissioners are pledging funding toward a pilot plan to create public transportation routes to Albany and Nelsonville. Jessie Schmitzer of Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action presented the plan at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. Schmitzer, the Athens […]

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SOPEC hires new executive director

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here for original story in the Athens Messenger. A Washington County man with a background in solar energy has been hired as the new executive director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, effective July 1. Luke Sulfridge, 38, is founding Ohio program director of Solar United Neighbors, […]

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More steps taken toward Route 50 sewer project

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to read original story in the Athens Messenger. Several actions related to the Route 50 sanitary sewer project were taken by the Athens County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday as they prepare to put the project out to bid. Commission President Lenny Eliason said he expects the […]

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OU to preserve pieces of Factory St. building for new café

By TYLER BUCHANAN Messenger editor Click here to read original story in the Athens Messenger. The historic brick building at 9 Factory St. will soon be demolished, but Ohio University intends to preserve some of it for a unique purpose. The historic brick building at 9 Factory St. has been the home of many things […]

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Cannabis Economy: With Medical Marijuana, Ohio’s Meigs County Hopes To Cash In On “Golden” Opportunity

By: Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource Posted on: Friday, April 19, 2019 See original story here from WOUB. Meigs County, Ohio, has a complicated history with marijuana. “Meigs County Gold” has been grown illegally for years. Local legend has it that was the strain of choice for musicians like the Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson when they […]

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JobsOhio makes grant offer to Global Cooling

By STEVE ROBB, Messenger staff journalist Click here for original story in the Athens Messenger. JobsOhio has offered Global Cooling $250,000 in grant money for the Athens County company’s expansion, according to a county economic development official, who also said there is a separate $228,805 grant offer for road improvements. Global Cooling is located at […]

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OhioHealth announces medical office building project

From staff reports  Click here for original story in The Athens Messenger. Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, April 17 newspaper on Page A1. OhioHealth has announced plans for a new medical office building to be located near O’Bleness Hospital in Athens. The $11.3 million project involves construction of a two-story, 30,000-square-foot building, and […]

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Global Cooling seeks funding for jobs growth

By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Click here to see original story in the Athens Messenger. Note: This story appears in the Sunday, April 14 newspaper on Page A1.  Global Cooling Inc. is pursuing financial help through JobsOhio as it seeks to expand. An expansion could lead to more jobs in Athens County. Global Cooling, […]

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Athens parking garage to receive $630,000 facelift

By Kayla Beard Click here for original story in the Athens News. The city of Athens plans to update the uptown parking garage with new colors and signs that are intended to make the structure more visible and user-friendly.  Athens City Council members listened to a presentation late last month from city Service-Safety Director Andy […]

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Design work continuing on project to improve Stimson stretch

By Kayla Beard Click here for the original story in the Athens News. Stage two of the design engineering phase for the Stimson Avenue improvements project will require the city of Athens to appropriate additional funds. The city has gathered input from stakeholders and community members to decide on one of several design alternatives, and is […]

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Solar firm installs rooftop panels at Fed-Hock school

By Kayla Beard – Apr 7, 2019 Please click here to see article in The Athens News. The Federal-Hocking Secondary School campus in Stewart soon will start obtaining the majority of its energy needs from newly installed solar panels. According to a post on the School District’s Facebook page, Athens-based Third Sun Solar began the installation process […]

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Plan moving forward for Buchtel to join regional district

Click here for the original story in the Athens Messenger By STEVE ROBB Messenger staff journalist Progress is being made toward Buchtel joining the regional water and sewer district that Nelsonville is creating. On Tuesday, the Athens County Commissioners voted to have Commission President Lenny Eliason negotiate terms of the transfer with Nelsonville officials. Eliason said he […]

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