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

 

High speed internet coming to Amesville

December 1, 2021 By Dani Kington Messenger Assistant Editor, the Athens Messenger . A nearly $1 million project promises to bring reliable, high speed internet to Amesville, which currently experiences among the slowest internet speeds in the county. “We have a fairly low cost of living in our area and beautiful countryside, so I think […]

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Last Chance to Submit Applications for Small Business Grants

The Ohio Department of Development has defined a closing date for the four small business grants that have been available and designated for bars/restaurants, lodging, entertainment venues, and new businesses since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The closing date for applications to these grant opportunities will be Friday, December 3rd. All interested businesses […]

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Ohio University SBDC January 2022 Virtual Trainings

The Small Business Development Center at Ohio University has released a list of virtual trainings that will be offered in January 2022. See the available trainings below:   Facebook for Business Part 1 January 5, 2022 9:00AM-11:00AM Register Here   The Sales Leader’s Growth Mindset January 6, 2022 9:00AM-10:00AM Register Here   Microsoft Office Excel-Part […]

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It’s Time to Start Building Again: Federal Infrastructure Bill Becomes Law

November 23, 2021 The Montrose Group LLC. . After more-than a decade long-awaited infrastructure legislation has been passed and finally signed into law. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed by President Biden recently after months of negotiations. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will provide much needed resources across the country for a […]

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APLU names Ohio University 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Economic Engagement Connections award winner

Ohio University, OHIO News November 16, 2021 . The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named Ohio University a 2021 Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) Economic Engagement Connections award winner, the top prize in its annual awards competition. The awards recognize innovative projects or programs in economic engagement. APLU’s IEP Universities designation program helps higher […]

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JobsOhio Published American Rescue Plan Guidebook

State Economic Development firm, JobsOhio, has released their published version of a guidebook for the American Rescue Plan with the aim at helping Ohio’s local leaders maximize the impact of ~$5.3B in Treasury Fiscal Recovery Funds. The guidebook includes sections such as a primer on ARP funds, best practices, and potential investment ideas and approaches […]

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Ohio on pace for record year for new jobs from JobsOhio initiatives, says CEO J.P. Nauseef

November 8, 2021 By Rick Stillion, the Daily Jeffersonian . …JobsOhio plans to invest $50 million a year over the next four years that will serve as a catalyst to attract an additional $2.25 billion from other sources to develop a full portfolio of job-ready sites. . Business and political leaders attending the Eastern Ohio […]

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Advertising Co-Op Program Promotes Ohio Tourism

The Ohio. Find It Here. Co-Op Advertising Program is open to all Ohio organizations that contribute to a healthy tourism economy – from CVBs to destinations, lodging, restaurants, attractions, festivals, and more.   But you need to hurry: Advertising Selection Forms must be submitted by Nov. 19, 2021.   The program provides tourism industry members […]

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Husted Announces Launch of IMAP Grant Opportunity

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the launch of the application for Ohio’s Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the second round of the initiative, which helps those who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive […]

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November 2021 Lunch and Learn

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Apprenticeship Day Zoom Panel Discussion November 18th

Project RISE will be hosting a virtual Apprenticeship Panel Discussion. This live feed event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, November 18th  from 9 am until 10 am.  We are pleased to have representatives from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18, Carpenters Union Local 1090, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters Local 577, and the Ohio Laborers […]

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Event Brings Businesses and Government Buyers Together

Small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government buyers at the local, state, and federal level in the virtual 2021 Ohio Business Matchmaker. The largest small business-to-government contracting event in the state will be conducted in an online format again in 2021 on Nov. 17 and 18. Since 2006, the U.S. Small […]

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Ohio State University South Centers

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New Loan Programs to Help Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced two new loan programs to help minority- and women-owned businesses grow and boost the Ohio economy. The new Women’s Business Enterprise Loan Program and Ohio Micro-Enterprise Loan Program were both priority initiatives of the DeWine-Husted Administration included in the 2022-2023 operating budget, which was passed […]

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October 2021 EDG Lunch and Learn

The Entrepreneurial Development Group is proud to announce the October Lunch and Learn will be presented by Kristy Lowery of Digital Tulip. Learn more below:   How to boost revenues by capturing patients/customers along their digital journey” – How to get found   DESCRIPTION: Amplify your marketing strategy, drive discoverability and deliver verified answers about […]

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New apartments under construction on South Plains Road aimed at affordable housing

October 4, 2021 By Fred Kight, Athens NEWS Contributor . A Columbus company is building two apartment complexes with 107 units at a newly annexed site on Athens’ west side and the mayor is happy with the development. Woda Cooper, a housing developer, general contractor and management company, recently began work at the intersection of […]

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OWC initiated DOD Loan Programs Has Gone LIVE!

The Ohio Women’s Coalition has announced that the Women’s Business Enterprise Loan Program has gone live! For more information, visit www.minority.ohio.gov.  On the left-hand side, click where it says “Access to Capital” and the 2 new loan programs are there with the “Fact Sheets.” If you have any questions, reach out to Jane Cavarozzi: jane@dirtygirlcoffee.com. […]

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Rocky Brands Announces Investment in Distribution Center in Logan, Ohio

Rocky Brands, Inc. announced plans to invest over $1,135,000 in distribution center machinery and equipment, creating 60 new jobs. “This investment in our distribution center will better equip Rocky Brands to meet increased consumer demand for our products and allow us to expand our workforce in Southeast Ohio,” said Rocky Brands CEO Jason Brooks. “We […]

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Small Businesses Can Get Federal Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) current relief efforts can be found at sba.gov/coronavirusrelief. Paycheck Protection Program: The SBA is no longer accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) after providing $798 billion in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits. Loan recipients still can apply for loan forgiveness, but deadlines for some recipients […]

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Supplemental Grants Now Available for Shuttered Venues

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will send invitations for supplemental awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Per the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-profits and Venues Act, supplemental awards are to be provided to those who received an initial grant and have demonstrated a 70% loss when comparing […]

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OhioMeansJobs.com Can Help Businesses Find Workers

Businesses that are looking for workers can find help at OhioMeansJobs.com. The website helps job seekers find work, and it also can help businesses find their next employee. The site now has more than 2.2 million resumes posted by people looking for a new job. In addition, the Employer page on the website provides other […]

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State Offers Tax Credit to Redevelop Neighborhoods

The Ohio Department of Development announced that the application for the new Transformational Mixed-Use Development Program is open. The program provides a tax credit for major, mixed-use developments in Ohio. Applications are now available on Development’s website. “This program will help transform neighborhoods and bring new life to previously underutilized or vacant sites,” said Lydia […]

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Grant Programs Available to Help Businesses

Millions of dollars remain available in four new grant programs that target businesses that have suffered significant losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Department of Development is administering the grants. To apply, businesses can visit the For Businesses section at InvestingInOhiosFuture.Ohio.Gov. The site includes documents for each grant program’s terms and conditions, fact sheet, […]

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TechCred Opens for 11th Application Round

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced that the 11th application period for TechCred opens today, Oct. 1, and closes Oct. 29. “TechCred works for both Ohioans and Ohio businesses,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “There is no better time than now for employers to upskill their existing workforce with […]

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State grants to help small businesses with exporting

By the Athens Messenger September 27, 2020 . The Ohio Department of Development is making financial resources available for businesses to get started or expand on existing export initiatives. The International Market Access Grant for Exporters provides eligible businesses a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 on $20,000 in expenditures for activities that promote international […]

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