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

 

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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Solar technology donated to Baileys Trail, to be placed at Chauncey trailhead

By the Athens Messenger September 22, 2021 . Organizations and companies in Athens County strive to foster an environment of collaboration and partnership in the pursuit of a common goal–a thriving and healthy community. Athens County company, Third Sun Solar has donated solar panels to power the Bailey’s Trailhead in the Village of Chauncey. . […]

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Village of Glouster Seeing New Investment and Revitalization

Posted on September 22, 2021 OhioSE News Release . The Village of Glouster in Athens County is seeing a surge of new investment and downtown revitalization thanks to the work of local business and community leaders. Dirty Girl Coffee, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and the Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC), […]

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Fiber Optic Technician Training Program at Tri-County Career Center

Tri-County Career Center has announced a new program for those wishing to enter a career in the Fiber Optic field. The 40-hour course will train students in the various methods of splicing, terminating, testing, and commissioning of fiber optic cable. After successfully completing this course students will have the skills necessary to become fiber optic […]

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$1.5 million to be awarded to Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia

By Staff Reports, the Athens Messenger September 16, 2021 The Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia was awarded $1.5 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission to invest in natural and cultural assets across seven southeast Ohio counties. The goal of the grant would be to ultimately foster small business expansion as well as jobs creation and […]

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Manufacturing Week 2021

The Athens County Economic Development Council is proud to be a planning partner for this year’s Manufacturing Week activities! Manufacturing Week is a great way to expose our local high school students to job opportunities right where they live and supports our local manufacturers with a quality local workforce! Athens City, Trimble, Nelsonville-York, Federal Hocking, […]

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Applications for broadband grant program open

September 6, 2021 By the Athens Messenger Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant program will begin accepting applications online starting Monday. Funded as part of Ohio’s 2022-2023 operating budget, the program will provide $250 million in grants to internet service providers for the construction […]

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September EDG Lunch and Learn

The ACEDC and the rest of the Entrepreneurial Development Group are excited to announce that the September 16th Lunch and Learn will feature the Alzheimer’s Association where they will discuss Dementia and Alzheimer’s and the community resources that are available. See everyone at noon via Zoom on Thursday! Favorite

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Husted Announces Launch of Industry Sector Partnership Grant Opportunity

The program supports collaboration between businesses, education and training providers Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, yesterday announced the second round of the Industry Sector Partnership (ISP) Grant opportunity. This program supports partnerships that help bring Ohioans into the workforce pipeline while meeting the needs of job creators […]

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Athens County to be Lead Feature in Business View Magazine September Issue

The Athens County Economic Development Council is excited to announce that Athens County is the lead feature in Business View Magazine’s September issue! In the feature, Mollie Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Athens County Economic Development Council, Kate Perani, Project Specialist of the Athens County Economic Development Council in collaboration with Jessie Powers, Director of […]

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Grant Funding for Four Small Business Grant program STILL AVAILABLE

Millions of dollars remain available for four new grant programs that target small businesses–which are the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. The Ohio Department of Development is administering the grants. To apply, businesses can visit the For Businesses section at BusinessHelp.Ohio.gov. The site includes documents for each grant program’s terms and conditions, fact sheet, […]

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2021 TechCred Applications Next Round Now Open (August 1st)

The EDC would like to share that the Ohio TechCred program has launched another round of its 2021 application. It opened on August 1st and will close on August 31st! If you’re not familiar with TechCred, it’s a program that gives employers the chance to upskill current and future employees in today’s tech-driven world. Employers […]

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August 2021 Lunch and Learn: Get to Know MBAC

The EDC is excited to announce that the August 2021 EDG Lunch and Learn presenter will be Cathy Armstrong of the Minority Business Assistance Center of Columbus (MBAC)! MBAC’s challenge is to get to know who and where their clients are. At MBAC, they want to reach out to new clients to help process certifications and […]

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Area politicians, organizers speak at event celebrating Bailey’s Trail investment

July 30, 2021 By Alex Hulvalchick Messenger Editor, the Athens Messenger   Politicians, local residents and representatives from the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia celebrated the state’s recent $2 million investment in the trail’s expansion at the Dover Head of the Bailey’s Trail System on Thursday. Once completed, the project will encompass 88 miles of […]

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Milo’s Whole World Gourmet Growing in Athens County

July 29, 2021 By OhioSE Milo’s Whole World Gourmet, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and the Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC), today announced it will invest at least $450,000 to upgrade its facility and purchase new machinery and production equipment. For almost 20 years, the wide variety of specialty foods […]

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