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

 

Merchants National Bank Announces $30M Local Initiative in Athens County

October 4, 2022—Athens, Ohio—Merchants National Bank announced this week a series of new initiatives entitled MNB Means Business. The bank hosted a VIP customer event to launch the program, which is aimed at supporting business growth throughout Athens County. The cornerstone of this initiative is a special $30M loan pool intended specifically for Athens County […]

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Manufacturing Opens More Doors to Women

October 03, 2022 Written by: Earlene K.P. Dowell U.S. manufacturing experienced a substantial decline in employment from 2000 to 2010 due largely to the 2008 Great Recession but rebounded – until the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Despite these fluctuations, it began inching up again in 2021. But the renewed upswing doesn’t mean a return to traditional manual jobs. […]

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Athens County officials break ground on industrial building expected to bring new business and jobs to the region

September 9, 2022 THE PLAINS, Ohio (WOUB) — The first shovelfuls of dirt were turned Friday morning on a new industrial building that Athens County officials hope will bring around 100 good-paying jobs to the region. The 60,000-square foot building is going up on a patch of grassy field in the Bill Theisen Industrial Park in […]

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Tri-County included in Husted’s IMAP awards focused on broadband-related credentialing

August 24, 2022 Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced on August 9 that four training providers located throughout the state will receive a total of $592,215 in awards to support 410 broadband or 5G-related credentials through the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the third […]

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Athens plans to create Community Improvement Corporation

8/18/2022 Athens plans to create a group to help with the city’s economic development. During its Monday meeting, city council conducted the first reading of an ordinance creating the Athens Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). The ordinance needs two more readings before it is passed and becomes law. The corporation will be an economic development tool […]

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Former Trimble School demolished

TRIMBLE — For almost 100 years, the former Trimble School, along Ohio 13, was the first thing people saw as they drove into the Athens County Village. The abandoned building built in 1927 was torn down Thursday. A ceremony and demolition demonstration marked the occasion. For more information, follow the link: https://www.athensmessenger.com/news/former-trimble-school-demolished/article_f9cfd0e0-1a3a-11ed-903d-77b38273e7df.html Favorite

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After 40 years, Trimble tears down its abandoned schoolhouse

8/12/22 – TRIMBLE, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) – For years, the first thing anyone saw driving into Trimble was the abandoned brick building on Route 13. Once the site of the Trimble School, it sat abandoned for over four decades. A demolition team finally tore the building down Thursday morning following lengthy efforts by county officials […]

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ODJFS Co-hosting Regional Tax Credit Forums for Small Businesses

Starting next week, regional forums begin throughout the state to explain how small businesses can earn tax credits through the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. For more information, visit: https://jfs.ohio.gov/RELEASES/080222-ODJFS-Co-hosting-Regional-Tax-Credit-Forums-for-Small-Businesses.stm Favorite

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Area 14 Workforce Development Board Survey

Area 14 Workforce Development Board wants to hear from you! Complete the survey by August 14, 2022 to share your thoughts and experiences regarding current and future workforce needs, recruitment and retention, and training and technology needs. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YWTM8ZV All completers will be entered into a drawing for one to receive a gift card to a […]

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $5 Million to Support Biomedical, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors in Athens County, Ohio

July 19, 2022 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $5 million grant to Athens County Port Authority, Athens, Ohio, to build a 60,000 square-foot facility to house biomedical, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing companies. This grant will support the expansion of […]

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Registration Now Open for Ohio Southeast HR Best Practices – Immigrant and Refugee Talent

July 12, 2022 Registration now open! Join OhioSE for an in-person Human Resources training on Best Practices in hiring Immigration and Refugee talent. Attendees will learn what resources are needed and what assistance is available.   Presenters: Tariq Mohamed, Director of Refugee Social Services, Jewish Family Services Narad Nepal, Associate Director Of Career Services, Community […]

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Antares REACH Grant Applications Now Open

July 5, 2022   Applications are now open for the Antares REACH grant. This program will provide $20,000 to for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and operated by individuals who identify as New Majority (Women, People of Color, Military-Affiliated, LGBTQ+, or Persons with Disabilities). Eligible entities must bring in less than $5 million in annual […]

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ODNR accepting grant proposals to transform abandoned mine lands

Athens Messenger, June 4, 2022 COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering up to $17 million in grants for projects that will encourage economic and community development across Ohio. The Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM) is accepting applications for projects that will eliminate hazards left behind by mining activity and/or […]

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Fiber Optic Technician Training Coming Soon!

Are you interested in fiber optic technician training? We have just the opportunity for you! Tri-County Career Center has two class sessions coming up in July and September. There is a fee of $700, which includes a safety kit and tools. Click the link for more details! Fiber Optic July.Sept Favorite

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Tri-County Career Center Special Interests Survey

Are you an adult interested in taking classes with the Tri-County Career Center? Fill out this survey! Tri-County wants to hear from YOU about your interests to tailor courses to what the people are most in tune with. Click the link to let them know your thoughts!   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfee-Lhj9VpoBHiAV_kKU3mnvUTmkBF1bMGlFymnQDEEORPPA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 Favorite

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Save the Date – Troops to Energy Jobs Career Fair!

Registration is now open for the May 24 Troops to Energy Jobs Career Fair! The career fair will connect veterans and transitioning servicemen and women with energy employers from coast to coast. Follow the link to register! Registration- Veterans Careers Event_W_QR Code-2 9 Favorite

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Registration Now Open for Southeastern Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Program

Registration is now open for the 2022 Southeastern Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Bootcamp! The program starts June 18 and runs for six Saturdays. Send any questions to Paul Benedict: benedict@ohio.edu.   SEOCEP Flyer 2022 (3)1 Favorite

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Registration Now Open for Appalachian Ohio Manufacturer’s Coalition Quarterly Gathering and Dinner

Registration is now open for the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturer’s Coalition quarterly gathering and dinner! The event will take place at 4:30 PM May 10, and the cost is $35 per person. Register at this link! https://www.aomanufacturers.org/register Favorite

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Brownfield Remediation Grant Funding Announcement!

The Athens County Economic Development Council is so excited to have received funding during the first round of Brownfield Remediation Grant Funding! We are so excited to see these projects start to unfold! https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHIOGOVERNOR/2022/04/25/file_attachments/2140903/Brownfield%20Remediation%20Grant%20Program%20Descriptions%20Round%201%20Group%201.pdf Favorite

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Register Now! Exporting Basics: A Europe Guide (and Eurovision)

Registration is now open for the Small Business Development Center Exporting Basics training! The training will take place on May 5 from 12 PM to 1 PM. Topics covered include General Data Protection Regulations, Value Added Tax, and CE Mark. Follow the link to register! https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ej4ssf6419a5dec5&oseq=&c=&ch=     Favorite

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Construction contractor Kokosing to acquire Ohio’s Third Sun Solar

April 4, 2022 By Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World Heavy construction contractor Kokosing has agreed to acquire Ohio-based distributed generation solar installer Third Sun Solar. The business will operate as Third Sun Kokosing Solar. “We started our solar business with the mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy,” recalled Geoff Greenfield, co-founder of Third Sun Solar. […]

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18th Annual Ohio Means Jobs Hiring Fair

The 2022 Ohio Means Jobs hiring event is almost here! This event is held at the Athens Community Center and is free and open to the public. Public transportation is provided courtesy of the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services. Click the links to the flyers to learn more! OMJ 2022 Free Fare […]

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Four Southeast Ohio Communities Chosen for Prepared Communities Program

March 28, 2022 From Ohio Southeast Economic Development Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), in partnership with Bricker and Eckler LLP, today announced four communities in Southeast Ohio have been selected to participate in the Prepared Communities Program. Participating communities include Chillicothe in Ross County, Logan in Hocking County, Ironton in Lawrence County, and Athens in […]

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Buckeye Hills 2022 Community Survey

Attention Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington Counties! Buckeye Hills Regional Council is conducting their 2022 community survey and would like community input in developing their 2023-2026 strategic plan. Follow the link and make your voice heard! https://buckeyehills.org/2022-community-survey Favorite

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A “new leaf” for survivor services in southeast Ohio

March 14, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor NELSONVILLE — Southeast Ohio’s landscape of survivor support services is turning over a “new leaf.” New Leaf Justice Enterprises, an initiative of the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, recently opened New Leaf Marketplace in Nelsonville, with other locations in progress in Athens and Glouster. The marketplace experienced […]

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