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

 

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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Fiber Optic Technician Training Offered at Tri-County

This 40 hour course will begin on May 26, 2021 and will be held Wednesday and Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm. The course fee is $900 and this includes equipment such as safety glasses, gloves, and a tool kit. For more information, contact Tri-County Career Center- Adult Center at 740-753-5464. In this course, students can expect to […]

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NEW!!! Help for Companies Impacted by Foreign Competition

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) is the only federal program specifically designed to help American manufacturers that have been hurt by foreign competition. Firms can qualify for up to $75,000 of matching funds to implement critical business improvements. The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) administers the program in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. GLTAAC […]

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Free Training Event for Area Companies

Are you struggling to attract talent and retain your workforce? Is your Company having trouble meeting demand due to a lack of available talent? We hear your frustration and concerns. Join Ohio Valley Employment Resource for a FREE four-part virtual training series on best practices for Human Resources to help your organization attract and retain skilled employees. […]

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Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit Programs to Become Available Through the American Rescue Plan

An essential program to small businesses will soon be available. Up to $7,000 in Tax Credits per Employee per Quarter and $5,000 per Quarter for paid Covid leave will be available to small businesses. EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT AND PAID LEAVE CREDIT PROGRAMS In addition to the SSBCI, the American Rescue Plan extends a number of […]

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January TechCred Round Funds Nearly 5,000 credentials, Program Updates Announced

Next application period opens April 1st Athens County businesses can contact Laurie McKnight at: lmcknight@athensoh.org On March 16, 2021, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the January round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn nearly 5,000 technology-focused […]

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The Athens County Economic Development Council is Hiring!

The Athens County Economic Development is looking for an Administrative Assistant to join our team! The preferred candidate is highly organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, a multi-tasker, and can be a team player! To learn more about this job posting, click the below link! All questions and application materials can be sent to Kate Perani at  kate@athenscountyohedc.com  […]

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Shuttered Venue Grants

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants […]

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Improving eye, vision care in Appalachian Ohio is focus for optometrists, nonprofit groups

March 8, 2021 By Céilí Doyle, The Columbus Dispatch Dr. Shane Foster remembers growing up in Athens County and wearing glasses from an early age. The southeastern Ohio optometrist understands the unique challenges of being a kid in Appalachia and the gaping need for vision care. And as president of the Ohio Optometric Foundation, a statewide vision advocacy organization, he’s seen how […]

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TechGROWTH Ohio announces investment in Ohio University spinout OsteoDx, Inc.

February 24, 2021 By Hardika Singh, the Voinovich School at Ohio University TechGROWTH Ohio(opens in a new window) Fund, the Ohio Third Frontier-Ohio University investment fund focusing on early-stage technology companies, announces its investment in OsteoDX, Inc.(f/k/a AEIOU Scientific)(opens in a new window). OsteoDx is developing and commercializing its pioneering Cortical Bone Mechanics Technology (CBMT), which non-invasively assesses […]

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Funded by record liquor sales, JobsOhio spent more than $200 million on coronavirus programs in 2020

March 1, 2021 By Andrew J. Tobias, Cleveland.com COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fueled by exploding liquor sales during the coronavirus pandemic, JobsOhio used the extra money it made last year to fund more than $200 million in pandemic relief programs, according to the state economic development nonprofit’s new annual report. The pandemic-relief spending, which JobsOhio officials said […]

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Innovation Center Welcomes Area 14 Workforce Development Board

By the Innovation Center: “The Innovation Center is excited to announce our newest anchor tenant, the Area 14 Workforce Development Board! The board manages several programs that focus on improving our region’s workforce through career and job search-related services, assistance to employers, training, employer incentives, and education. Director Laurie McKnight said, “Area 14 is very […]

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Sam Miller Joins Buckeye Hills Regional Council as Development Director

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is pleased to welcome Sam Miller to its team as Development Director. In her new role, Miller will lead the Community & Economic Development team in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and projects within BHRC’s eight-county region. Miller will work with state, local and federal officials to ensure community and economic […]

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Athens-Meigs ESC Project RISE: Upcoming Events

Athens-Meigs ESC Project RISE is currently offering a series of upcoming events to allow students to be engaged and learn about local opportunities. The below links have more information about these events: Career Fair Planning and Preparation Sessions, February 22nd at 12 pm or February 23rd at 4 pm OH-ZONE Virtual Career Fair for Athens, […]

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