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

 

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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Women’s History Month: Dirty Girl Coffee percolates growth in Glouster

March 14, 2022 By John Huthmacher, Athens Messenger GLOUSTER — A local coffee roaster is giving the village of Glouster a much-need economic jolt. And while Dirty Girl Coffee Co-Owner Jane Cavarozzi loves coffee, she said her thriving business has far more to do with empowering women and growing the once-booming coal town than it […]

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Southeast Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Program – Apply for the Bootcamp Now!

Applications are now open for the Southeast Ohio Community Entrepreneurship Program! The program seeks to help those in Southeast Ohio experiencing economic or other hardships start and grow businesses of their own. The Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship partners with Notre Dame’s McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business with the common goal of […]

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Applications Now Open for 2022 Leading In Appalachia Series

Attention, Appalachian Region! Applications are open until March 30th for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service’s Leading In Appalachia cohort series. Priority will be given to first time applicants who have a specific advocacy topic they would like to develop during the series. Follow the link to fill out an application! Voinovich Academy […]

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Deadline Extended to Apply for Athens County Tourism Development Grant

Attention local agencies, event planners, and community organizations! The Visit Athens County Office has extended the deadline to apply for the Athens County Tourism Development Grant. Applications are now due March 31, 2022. Follow the link to read more and fill out an application! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Visit-Athens-County-Tourism-Development-Grant-Information-.html?soid=1101855435567&aid=iU0OUTJMxxg Favorite

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Solar array installed at Chauncey-Dover Baileys trailhead

March 4th, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger A new solar array was donated and installed by Third Sun Solar at the Baileys Trail System’s Chauncey-Dover trailhead, the company announced in a press release. The solar array is located on the roof of the new restroom facility and will reduce the Village of Chauncey’s utility […]

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Project to preserve old Chauncey mine buildings moves forward

March 2, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor With initial grant funding secured, “there really isn’t a question” that at least some of the old mine buildings in Chauncey will be preserved for an outdoor museum, said Chauncey Mayor Amy Renner. The collection of dilapidated mining industry buildings sits near the Chauncey-Dover Trailhead at […]

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Athens County Land Bank files state demolition grant application

March 2, 2022 From Staff Reports, Athens Messenger The Athens County Land Reutilization Corporation filed a grant application on Monday with the Ohio Department of Development to demolish 42 buildings and six mobile homes in a countywide effort to eliminate blight. Funding became available through the state budget passed last summer that allocated $150 million […]

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Strongest Town 2022, Round 1: Chauncey, OH vs. Norwood, OH

The Village of Chauncey is one of sixteen towns participating in the annual Strongest Town Contest! In the first round, Chauncey will compete against Norwood, OH. Click here to vote for Chauncey so they advance to the next round, and learn more about Chauncey’s economic development progress, prosperity, commitment to growth and resiliency: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2022/2/22/stc2022-r1-chauncey-norwood Favorite

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18th annual OhioMeansJobs Job Fair coming up April 27

Calling all employers in Athens, Meigs, and Perry counties!  Please register for the 18th annual OhioMeansJobs Job Fair happening on April 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Lunch will be provided for the business employees who attend. Registration details can be found here.   Favorite

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ODNR to restore mine lands in Athens area through bipartisan infrastructure bill

February 23, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger ATHENS – Through the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last fall, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was recently awarded over $46 million to reclaim and restore abandoned mine land throughout the state, including in Athens County. “These projects benefit everyone by removing dangerous features that create public […]

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City of Nelsonville working to demolish many condemned buildings

February 16th, 2022 By Dani Kington, Athens Messenger NELSONVILLE – Nelsonville City Council passed an ordinance at its Monday meeting allowing 23 previously condemned buildings to be demolished, setting the city up to benefit from grant funding available to remove dilapidated structures in the county. The city will work with the Athens County Land Bank […]

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Five local sites may see environmental remediation

February 7th, 2022 By Dani Kington, Messenger Assistant Editor Five Athens County properties long contaminated with environmental hazards may finally move toward a much needed clean-up. “One of the biggest impediments redeveloping blighted sites is often environmental contamination,” said Athens County Land Bank Chair and Athens County Treasurer Ric Wasserman. “The sites we’re talking about […]

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Employers and schools are working to address labor shortage in southeast Ohio

February 4th, 2022 By David Forster, WOUB   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Last year a group of manufacturers in southeast Ohio asked more than a thousand students in middle and high school if they were interested in a career in manufacturing. Just over 3 percent said yes. Forty-four percent said they were not at all interested. […]

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