Athens County Port Authority holds groundbreaking event for construction project

The Athens County Port Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 9 for its speculative construction project in the Bill Theisen Industrial Park and celebrated the awarding of the Administration’s $5 million grant. Economic Development (EDA).

The building will be 60,000 square feet, expandable up to 120,000 square feet, and will house light manufacturing and biotechnology companies.

In addition to the EDA, project partners in attendance included JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), Athens County Economic Development Board, Athens County Commissioners, and the Center for Innovation of the Ohio University.

“The construction of the speculative new building in the Bill Theisen Industrial Park will provide an attractive option for businesses looking to Ohio for growth and opportunity, and that means the support and investment that JobsOhio and the DeWine/ Husted are doing to secure the future of the Southeast Ohio region,” said JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio.

“Historically, when businesses decide they need a new location, 75-80% of the time they are looking at existing buildings rather than a site for a construction project,” the OhioSE president said. , Mike Jacoby. “The Athens community has a great track record in building innovative businesses out of Ohio University and the Center for Innovation. I think there’s great potential to fill this building with a such business.

Mollie Fitzgerald, director of the Athens County Economic Development Council, acknowledged those who worked on this project before her, saying, “This development has been a priority since I became director of EDC, and as I can see it across the finish line, it’s possible because of the hard work put in by former trustees and board members, our county commissioners, and our amazing state and regional partners.

The speculative building will create 100 jobs and generate $5 million in private investment. It will help diversify Athens’ economy and create gainful employment that promotes a good quality of life.

The Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC) is committed to increasing economic opportunity in Athens County by encouraging entrepreneurship, recruiting new businesses, and helping existing businesses grow and grow. grow. ACEDC manages the day-to-day operations of Athens County Ports Authority programming and initiatives. Learn more about www.athenscountyohedc.com.

Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is the JobsOhio Network Partner for Southern, Eastern, and Southeast Ohio, providing economic development work and resources in 25 rural counties; they are the newest and geographically largest of the state’s six regions. OhioSE partners closely with regional development districts, local economic development offices, state agencies, and other entities to develop, retain, and attract businesses to the counties they serve. Learn more about OhioSE.com.

JobsOhio is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation designed to stimulate job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent generation in its targeted industries and attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership, and Team NEO. Learn more about www.jobsohio.com. Follow JobsOhio on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.