Success Stories

From Pipeline To Completion

Learn more about recent successes in Athens County! Whether it is securing an expansion project, attracting capital investment, or implementing  finance opportunities for small businesses, the ACEDC continues to leverage its strategic partnerships to craft creative funding streams to carry out successful economic development projects.

Little Fish Brewing Company

In 2016, Little Fish Brewing Company secured a $50,000 loan through the ACEDC’s small business micro RLF, which is being put towards solar panel installation and additional equipment. Little Fish is committed to sustainable practices, and the micro RLF enables them to fund improvements that align with their beliefs. 


Athens Mold & Machine

In 2016, the ACEDC worked closely with several local, state and regional partners to secure over a $3 million investment for the re-opening of family-owned tire manufacturer, Athens Mold & Machine. The facility received a JobsOhio Revitalization grant for building rehabilitation, and funds from Ohio University, ODOT, ARC, and matching City of Athens funds for a new roadwork extension to the city’s manufacturing park.


In 2013, the ACEDC successfully attracted the info-tech and business process outsourcing company CGI to open up a branch location in Athens. CGI committed to 150 IT professional jobs over a three-year span, which would boost both local and regional economic development.  The CGI project shows Athens County’s support of the technology industry clusters and increasing advanced services jobs since it worked closely with both the City of Athens and Athens County Commissioners to secure a generous local incentives package.

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery

In 2012, the ACEDC created the Start It Up! business grant competition to offer assistance to one of its many unique small businesses. The competition required businesses submit videos, and were judged by a panel of community stakeholder judges. The winner of the $10,000 business grant was local favorite Jackie O’s Brewery, which was used to purchase a new brewing tank for an expansion.

First Choice Cabin Rentals

Due to the success of the first Start It Up! competition,  the ACEDC partnered with Rocky Brands Inc. again in 2015 the on the Start It Up! Nelsonville business grant competition. Businesses in Nelsonville were eligible to submit an application for the competition to win a $10,000 to start up their business or expand their business. This effort stemmed from the opening of the Route 33 bypass, which decreased foot traffic to Nelsonville’s downtown historic square. The winner of the grant was 1st Choice Cabin Rentals, who used the money to open a new cabin welcome center where guests can pick up their keys and shop prior to settling into their cabins.