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

 

June 2021 Lunch and Learn

The Entrepreneurial Development Group are hosting their June 2021 edition of the Lunch and Learn this Thursday June 17th from 12-1pm. The topic will be presented by Jennifer Logan of the Innovation Center and will focus on businesses communicating effectively with their customers. Contact Trenia Twyman at twyman@ohio.edu to register! Favorite

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The Village of Chauncey Awarded Grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

A huge congratulations to the Village of Chauncey on their recent award from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio! This award will support the Baileys Trail System by funding the building and installation of a message board featuring helpful information on local businesses, lodging, park rules, and more! “The Village of Chauncey in Athens County received funding […]

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SBA to open Targeted EIDL Advance cash grant to all eligible businesses soon

June 8, 2021 By Andy Medici, The Business Journals The Small Business Administration will open its $25 billion Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant program to millions more small businesses in the coming days. SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman said in an interview with The Business Journals that the dramatic expansion of the program could come early this […]

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SBA launches innovation competition with millions on the line. Here’s what businesses need to know.

Jun 3, 2021 By Andy Medici, The Business Journals The Small Business Administration is offering $5.25 million in prizes to entrepreneurs and small business owners involved in research and development. The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst competitions will award a total of 84 $50,000 prizes to accelerators, incubators and other businesses that support entrepreneurs […]

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April TechCred Round Exceeds 20,000 Credentials

June 3, 2021 Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced the results of the April TechCred application period. Following eight rounds, over 23,700 credentials have been approved through TechCred, exceeding the DeWine-Husted Administration’s goal for the first two years of […]

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USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

June 1, 2021 U.S. Department of Agriculture Activities and Events across the Nation to Spotlight Efforts to Help Rural Residents Realize the Dream of Homeownership Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Homeownership Month, as part of a nationwide celebration to highlight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to provide access to affordable housing […]

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Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council awarded $100,000 to expand renewable energy access in Athens County

May 30, 2021 By Ryan Maxin, The Athens Post The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or SOPEC, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, to boost their Solar Access Pathways program in Athens. On April 26, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown announced in a news release that SOPEC, an electricity aggregator, […]

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Newest Round of TechCred Training Grant Applications Now OPEN! Apply Today!

A new round of TechCred Training grant applications opened on June 1st! The application will close on June 30th at 3pm so it is important that Athens County businesses apply as soon as possible! The TechCred Training program is meant to help businesses upskill their current employees by helping them earn short-term, technology-focused credentials at […]

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Funding for Import-Impacted Manufacturers is now available through the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC)

Funding has now become available for small and mid-sized manufacturers that may have been challenged by foreign competition as a result of the pandemic. You could be eligible to receive up to $75,000 in matching funds for projects involving foreign imports. See the link below for more information or email/call Jani Hatchett to discuss in […]

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TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio company OsteoDx receives $2M grant from the National Institutes of Health

Published: May 19, 2021 TechGROWTH, Ohio University OsteoDx Inc., a TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio company, has been selected for funding through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant with the National Institutes of Health. The grant will provide $2M in support of a multicenter study to further measure and validate the efficacy of the […]

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Brown, Portman reintroduce bill to spur investment in new energy technology

May 15, 2021  Fulton County Expositor WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio reintroduced bipartisan legislation to spur investment in an innovative new energy technology and support jobs in Ohio. The bill would benefit companies like Sunpower Inc., located in Athens, which has developed a promising electric power generation technology […]

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Gov. DeWine signs broadband expansion bill into law

May 17, 2021 By Cole Behrens Messenger Assistant Editor, the Athens Messenger Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a broadband expansion bill into law Monday, paving the way for a grant program that could help southeast Ohio develop critical broadband infrastructure, local state representatives say. House Bill 2 will create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant […]

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Request for Proposals: RISE Ohio Legal and Technical Assistance for Regional Opportunity Zone Planning

Summary and Background  The RISE Ohio (Resilience Initiative for Southeastern and Eastern Ohio) is a U.S. EDA Assistance to Coal Communities program initiative led by Ohio University’s Voinovich School, BHRC, and OMEGA focused on economic diversification; Opportunity Zone planning, development, and investment; and assistance to communities impacted by coal fired power plant closures. Buckeye Hills […]

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Six programs added to Hocking College’s Choose Ohio First Scholarship grant

The Athens Messenger May 14, 2021 NELSONVILLE – Hocking College’s Choose Ohio First Scholarship program is expanding by more than five times its initial year, adding even more opportunities for students to get their education in an in-demand job field paid for. The expansion of Hocking College’s share of the Ohio Department of Higher Education […]

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UPDATE: FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program NOW LIVE

We at the ACEDC are excited about this new program from the FCC which will help to provide essential broadband services to thousands of  Americans and especially Athens County citizens. The program launched on May 12, 2021 so they are now accepting applications, for assistance with the application process, visit your local Athens Public Library! […]

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U.S. Treasury Opens Portal for Fiscal Recovery Funds

The ACEDC is excited to announce on behalf of the US Treasury that ARPA funding dedicated to county and local governments is now ready to be given out. Read more from the Buckeye Hills Regional Council’s announcement:   “The U.S. Department of the Treasury, on May 10, launched the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local […]

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USDA Grant Applications for 2021

The USDA has announced a series of grants that have become available to rural businesses. All Athens County businesses should consider applying. The SBDC at Ohio University should be able to assist with applications as well. They can be contacted at: 740-593-1797 or on their website: Contact Us — Ohio University SBDC. Application Deadlines and Requirements […]

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May 2021 Lunch and Learn: Property Tax 101

Join us to learn how your business’ commercial properties are taxed and all about the property value appeal process in this informative session with Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson. For more information and to register, contact Trenia Twyman at twyman@ohio.edu. Favorite

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House Bill 2 passes through Ohio Senate, gives Athenians hope

April 30, 2021 By Jillian Craig, the Athens Post Athens residents hope for better broadband access after House Bill 2, also known as the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion grant program, was passed by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. The bill, which is on its way to the desk of Gov. Mike DeWine, would increase broadband access […]

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BioLife Solutions Announces Closing of Stirling Ultracold Acquisition and Expanded Partnership with Leading Global BioPharma CDMO

May 3, 2021 BOTHELL, Washington – BioLife Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS) (“BioLife” or the “Company”), a leading developer and supplier of a portfolio of class-defining bioproduction products and services for cell and gene therapies and the broader biopharma market, today announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Stirling Ultracold (“Stirling”), a privately held […]

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UPDATE: Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Start date for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program The Federal Communications Commission just announced today that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will launch on May 12, 2021. Eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband services and equipment from an approved provider. Connected Nation has set […]

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WEBINAR Tomorrow, April 28 at 1:00 PM – Restaurant Revitalization Funding

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Public Private Strategies Institute for a national briefing on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET about the new $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This briefing is cosponsored by the SBA and PPSI.   SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will kick off this event. The SBA helps small […]

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Small Business Administration to Release an Application for Relief Funding for Establishments that Serve Alcohol

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that they will be releasing a grant application for relief funding for establishments that serve alcohol. For assistance applying, reach out to the Small Business Development Center ((SBDC) at Ohio University: https://sbdc.ohio.edu/contact/ Applicants will need to collect and submit documentation to show how hard their business has been […]

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Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if […]

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Hiring Event to be Held at Hocking College

The Area 14 Workforce Development Board, Ohio Means Jobs, and Hocking College are partnering to hold a hiring event for area job seekers. A variety of companies will have representatives on site so attendees should come with resumes and be prepared for interviews. If any job seekers should need any help preparing either resumes or […]

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