Athens Port Authority

The Athens County Port Authority was established by a resolution adopted by the Athens County Commissioners on November 20, 1995. The charge of the Athens County Port Authority is to lead Athens County into a new era of economic development.

Fostering Economic Development is all in a day’s work for our Port Authority. Charged with leading Athens County into a new era of economic development, this quasi-public entity was established by the Athens County Commissioners in 1995. Since that time, the Port Authority has held the power to own land, set fees and levy taxes – placing it in an excellent position to stimulate growth within the county.


Missions and Objectives

  • Encourage and facilitate economic development projects in Athens County
  • Develop facilities in a manner that will attract new business and industry of economic benefit to Athens County
  • Encourage development of residential, commercial, recreational, industrial, research and distribution facilities within the boundaries of the Authority
  • Acquire, sell or lease property and facilities for any use allowed by law
  • Construct and/or operate those facilities necessary to achieve and enhance the success of the four proceeding objectives.
  • Cooperate and coordinate efforts with agencies and organizations in the shipping, transportation and economic development of industry.
  • Continually monitor and assess potential sites and facilities and their feasibility for development.
  • Acquire and improve land, construct facilities and operate such facilities on a sound financial basis, while preserving the integrity of the land and its resources.
  • Secure the interest, support and participation of the residents of the Authority and the surrounding area in the activities and development of the Authority’s facilities.
  • Expand and develop the scope of the Authority’s facilities as required to keep pace with changing technological improvements.


Bill Thiesen Industrial Park Site Readiness Study – Preliminary Engineering Plans

Click here to see Readiness Study


US EPA Brownfields Grant

The Athens County Port Authority also facilitates US EPA grant applications for the county, particularly in relation to Brownfield assessment. In May of 2014, the Port Authority was awarded $400,000 in Brownfield Assessment grants from the US EPA. So far, the grant has provided phase I and phase II assessments to five properties throughout Athens County.

For more information on the US EPA Brownfields grant, or for submission materials, select the Brownfields subpage or click here:


Athens County Port Authority Board

Chairperson – Jack Bortle
Vice Chairperson – Robert Gall

Treasurer – Robert Jackson
Secretary – Sara Marrs-Maxfield

Members – Stacy Strauss, Ted Linscott, Joe McCollum, Robert Norris, Mark Snider, Robert Wilson, Dominick Brook


Contact the Athens County Port Authority

340 West State Street, Unit 26
Athens, OH 45701
Ph. (740) 597–1420 FAX (740) 597–1548


The Athens County Port is a member of the Ohio Port Authorities Council.