Helping Your Business Thrive

The Athens County Economic Development Council is the champion of business in Southeast Ohio. We are a public-private partnership committed to increasing economic opportunity in Athens County by encouraging entrepreneurship, recruiting new businesses, and helping existing businesses grow and expand. Advocacy is the cornerstone of all we do. We work for you because your success is our success. Prosperous businesses make for happy employees and a booming local economy



To be a catalyst for quality jobs and progress in Athens County and throughout the region by creating a seamless network of economic development resources through partnerships with government, business and nonprofit organizations



To be the most respected and prominent agent for positive change in Athens County.


2021 Board Members

Mr. Lenny Eliason, Athens County Commissioners

Mr. Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens

Mr. Jack Bortle, Athens County Port Authority

Ms. Deborah Shaffer, Ohio University

Mr. Mark Seckinger- Ohio Health O’Bleness


View our 2021 Annual Report

ACEDC Strategic Plan Update FINAL_