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

 

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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Next TechCred Application Round Opens August 1st

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced that the 10th application period for TechCred will open Aug. 1 and close on Aug. 31. “The TechCred program continues to help individuals earn new skills that give them more job security and greater earning potential,” Lt. Governor Husted […]

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Funds Doubled for Small Business Grant Programs

See below excerpts from a press release from the Office of the Governor: “(COLUMBUS) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today reminded Ohio business owners that grants are available through the Ohio Department of Development (Development) to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. A total of $310 million is […]

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OhioHealth Announces LeeAnn Helber as O’Bleness Hospital President

OhioHealth announces LeeAnn Helber as O’Bleness Hospital president Athens, Ohio — OhioHealth announced today that LeeAnn Helber has been selected as the new president of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital. Though a national search was conducted, Helber was an internal candidate for the role. She has served since 2013 as OhioHealth’s senior director of regional system development, […]

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Interactive Broadband Mapping Tool Unveiled by the Reid Consulting Group

The Reid Consulting Group in partnership with the Broadband Advisory Committee of Athens County, Ohio recently unveiled their Interactive Mapping tool which demonstrates the true disparities in broadband access not only in Appalachian Southeast Ohio, but also the entire state. Read the release and visit the mapping tool below: “The Ohio Broadband Availability map, developed […]

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Industrial Park Spec Buildings

The Bill Theisen Industrial Park west of The Plains offers excellent expansion opportunities to new and growing companies in Athens County. Within the Industrial Park, the Athens County Port Authority owns parcels P010010000118 and P010010000119.  The Port Authority is working with the engineering firm of Burgess & Niple, Inc. to construct on these parcels a […]

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Newly approved state budget provides critical $2 million for Baileys Trail

July 1, 2021 By Ben Peters, Athens News Associate Editor Ohio’s state budget for 2022–24 includes $2 million for the Baileys Trail System — bringing the project closer to its goal of becoming the longest contiguous trail system east of the Mississippi River. Gov. Mike DeWine signed the budget bill early Thursday morning. State Rep. […]

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Ohio Creates Water & Sewer Funding Program Linking Infrastructure and Economic Development

July 1, 2021 The Montrose Group LLC. The quality of a region’s infrastructure and transportation system directly impacts its chances for current and future economic success. Measures of infrastructure and transportation include a review of major highways, transit and airport systems, and level of traffic congestion that all impact the ability to do business. States […]

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JobsOhio Inclusion Grant

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state. Grant decisions are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support […]

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New State of Ohio Grant program goes live on Tuesday!

Today the State of Ohio is announcing the launch of four new small business grant programs: Food and Beverage establishment Grant Lodging Grant Entertainment Venue Grant And New Small Business Grant (for businesses that started in 2020) These grants range from up to $10,000 to $30,000. Businesses will be limited in applying for one of […]

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June 2021 Lunch and Learn

The Entrepreneurial Development Group are hosting their June 2021 edition of the Lunch and Learn this Thursday June 17th from 12-1pm. The topic will be presented by Jennifer Logan of the Innovation Center and will focus on businesses communicating effectively with their customers. Contact Trenia Twyman at twyman@ohio.edu to register! Favorite

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The Village of Chauncey Awarded Grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

A huge congratulations to the Village of Chauncey on their recent award from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio! This award will support the Baileys Trail System by funding the building and installation of a message board featuring helpful information on local businesses, lodging, park rules, and more! “The Village of Chauncey in Athens County received funding […]

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SBA to open Targeted EIDL Advance cash grant to all eligible businesses soon

June 8, 2021 By Andy Medici, The Business Journals The Small Business Administration will open its $25 billion Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant program to millions more small businesses in the coming days. SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman said in an interview with The Business Journals that the dramatic expansion of the program could come early this […]

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SBA launches innovation competition with millions on the line. Here’s what businesses need to know.

Jun 3, 2021 By Andy Medici, The Business Journals The Small Business Administration is offering $5.25 million in prizes to entrepreneurs and small business owners involved in research and development. The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst competitions will award a total of 84 $50,000 prizes to accelerators, incubators and other businesses that support entrepreneurs […]

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April TechCred Round Exceeds 20,000 Credentials

June 3, 2021 Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced the results of the April TechCred application period. Following eight rounds, over 23,700 credentials have been approved through TechCred, exceeding the DeWine-Husted Administration’s goal for the first two years of […]

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USDA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

June 1, 2021 U.S. Department of Agriculture Activities and Events across the Nation to Spotlight Efforts to Help Rural Residents Realize the Dream of Homeownership Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off National Homeownership Month, as part of a nationwide celebration to highlight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) efforts to provide access to affordable housing […]

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Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council awarded $100,000 to expand renewable energy access in Athens County

May 30, 2021 By Ryan Maxin, The Athens Post The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or SOPEC, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, to boost their Solar Access Pathways program in Athens. On April 26, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown announced in a news release that SOPEC, an electricity aggregator, […]

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Newest Round of TechCred Training Grant Applications Now OPEN! Apply Today!

A new round of TechCred Training grant applications opened on June 1st! The application will close on June 30th at 3pm so it is important that Athens County businesses apply as soon as possible! The TechCred Training program is meant to help businesses upskill their current employees by helping them earn short-term, technology-focused credentials at […]

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Funding for Import-Impacted Manufacturers is now available through the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC)

Funding has now become available for small and mid-sized manufacturers that may have been challenged by foreign competition as a result of the pandemic. You could be eligible to receive up to $75,000 in matching funds for projects involving foreign imports. See the link below for more information or email/call Jani Hatchett to discuss in […]

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TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio company OsteoDx receives $2M grant from the National Institutes of Health

Published: May 19, 2021 TechGROWTH, Ohio University OsteoDx Inc., a TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio company, has been selected for funding through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant with the National Institutes of Health. The grant will provide $2M in support of a multicenter study to further measure and validate the efficacy of the […]

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Brown, Portman reintroduce bill to spur investment in new energy technology

May 15, 2021  Fulton County Expositor WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio reintroduced bipartisan legislation to spur investment in an innovative new energy technology and support jobs in Ohio. The bill would benefit companies like Sunpower Inc., located in Athens, which has developed a promising electric power generation technology […]

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Gov. DeWine signs broadband expansion bill into law

May 17, 2021 By Cole Behrens Messenger Assistant Editor, the Athens Messenger Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a broadband expansion bill into law Monday, paving the way for a grant program that could help southeast Ohio develop critical broadband infrastructure, local state representatives say. House Bill 2 will create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant […]

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Request for Proposals: RISE Ohio Legal and Technical Assistance for Regional Opportunity Zone Planning

Summary and Background  The RISE Ohio (Resilience Initiative for Southeastern and Eastern Ohio) is a U.S. EDA Assistance to Coal Communities program initiative led by Ohio University’s Voinovich School, BHRC, and OMEGA focused on economic diversification; Opportunity Zone planning, development, and investment; and assistance to communities impacted by coal fired power plant closures. Buckeye Hills […]

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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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