October 2015 Archive

Ribbon cut on Carlisle reopening

A large crowd gathered for the grand opening of the Carlisle building Monday in downtown Chillicothe (Photo: Jess Grimm/Chillicothe Gazette)

A large crowd gathered for the grand opening of the Carlisle building Monday in downtown Chillicothe (Photo: Jess Grimm/Chillicothe Gazette)

CHILLICOTHE – Heavy gold scissors sliced through a bright Adena-blue ribbon Monday afternoon to celebrate the grand reopening of the Carlisle building.

Hundreds gathered at the corner of Main and Paint streets on Monday to hear from those who have been involved in the project and take advantage of an opportunity to tour the newly renovated building.

The building is now home to more than 30 resident medical student apartments and nearly 7,000 square feet of office space for the Adena Health Foundation and other community-facing personnel.

“It’s a big day for all of us. … It’s a big day for the whole community,” Mark Shuter, president and CEO…

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Program aims to boost wood products jobs in Appalachia

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The U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer joins Ohio University officials and area economic development leaders to announce a significant investment to accelerate business growth in the Appalachian Ohio region. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs partnered with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and Rural Action to do research on area economics and innovation. (Photo: Jillyann Burns/Ohio University)

Appalachian Ohio is being targeted for job creation through the wood products industry.

Exactly how many jobs is unknown, but the 32-county region is one of three around the nation that learned this week it will receive up to $2.5 million over five years from the Small Business Administration’s regional innovation clusters initiative.

Clusters are public-private partnerships that center around a particular industry in one region to drive economic development, according to Douglas Kramer, SBA’s deputy administrator. The clusters act…

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Appalachian Ohio gets federal funding for wood industry

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck got a $500,000 grant from the Small Business Association? Well, that remains to be seen, but the wood manufacturing business in Appalachian Ohio is hoping to see a big boost thanks to the recent award.

On Thursday, Douglas Kramer, deputy administrator for the Small Business Association, announced that Appalachian Ohio will receive funding through the agency to enhance its wood products industry. The announcement was made at the Ohio University Inn.

The Appalachian Ohio Wood Products Cluster was one of three “clusters” to receive $500,000 announced on Tuesday. The other clusters include a bioscience cluster in St. Louis, Missouri, and an unmanned aerial systems cluster in south Kansas and Oklahoma.

“Clusters are public-private partnerships that are driving innovation and job creation in our most promising regional hubs,” Kramer explained. “SBA has built a strategic infrastructure of financing and consulting…

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PA, WV, OH team up on shale gas related manufacturing and chemical development

After years of competing against one another to land big petrochemical projects powered by their growing natural gas industries, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio announced Tuesday they would work together to market and develop their region as a center for shale-related manufacturing.

The states announced a three-year cooperation agreement at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The states say they will organize conferences to share best practices for economic development around shale gas and related manufacturing, develop workforce development programs, and market the region to petrochemical and other industries that can use shale gas for manufacturing.

“We must work together to ensure our region has the skilled workforce necessary to fill jobs and attract new employers,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said. “The demand for workers by the energy industry and off-shoot industries, especially manufacturing, is high…

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SBA Funds Three New Regional Innovation Clusters

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the addition of three new clusters to the portfolio of communities it supports through the Regional Innovation Clusters initiative, raising the total number of clusters in the program to fourteen.

SBA Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer“Clusters are public-private partnerships that are driving innovation and job creation in our most promising regional hubs,” Deputy Administrator of the SBA, Douglas Kramer explained.  “SBA has built a strategic infrastructure of financing and consulting resources in key regions to help new companies launch and small companies grow, particularly in underserved communities across the country. We’re unleashing the full potential of entrepreneurs who are developing cutting-edge products and processes that will help ensure American global competitiveness, creating supportive environments for small businesses in regions with the most need.”

The three new Regional Innovation Cluster awardees were selected from more than…

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Region’s oil and gas drilling activity slows, as oil prices stay low

SALEM, Ohio — The number of permits issued for new shale wells continues to drop, not just in Ohio, but in West Virginia and Pennsylvania as well. To show how much the drilling and well permitting is slowing down, take a look at Bradford County where the shale boom began in 2008.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued just three permits during September in Bradford County, compared to 36 in September 2014. There were 12 permits issued in Bradford County in August and 30 in June. The DEP reports a total of 201 wells permitted in the county since the beginning of January. The DEP also reported there were seven wells drilled there during September and 42 wells have been drilled in Bradford County since the beginning of the year.

In West Virginia, the permits by the Department of Environmental Protection also declined: The DEP issued only five shale permits in September. And in Ohio,…

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SoleChoice honored for National Manufacturing Month

SoleChoice, a manufacturer of narrow fabrics, specializing in shoe laces as well as shoe care and foot care retail programs, located on Murray Street in Portsmouth has been named as one of five companies to be recognized during October — National Manufacturing Month — by the office of Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“What it says is we are a premium company as far as job creation and growth,” SoleChoice Vice President of Sales Bryan Davis said. “We have a unique product as well – something we can be very proud of – because mostly what we do is done down south, but the state likes to recognize companies with unique products; companies that have created jobs; companies that are growing the industry. Those are the reasons behind them selecting us.”

Davis said the state goes through a vetting process before choosing a company to single out.

“They have recognized us as premium…

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River strategy released

Recently JobsOhio, along with a number of supporting agencies, released their strategy to market available sites for development along the Ohio River. Local officials are pleased with the strategy because it highlights the area, and the strategy was unveiled at an Ohio Freight Conference in Cincinnati.

The strategy can be found on the website of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG). The website includes GIS info, mileage marker info as well as other relevant information.

“The strategy is basically to provide as much info as possible on sites on the river, such as gas, sewer, water, sewer, fiber optic; spec. buildings, road and river access – try to quantify those sites which have those or a lot of those assets. Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Pennsylvania had representatives in the room and they all indicated that they do not have a site like that…

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Why Wood?

It may seem odd that APEG is putting so much effort into our wood products industry.  In a world where technologies are introduced daily and whole new industries gear up to produce them, why focus so much attention on wood? After all, people have been making things with wood since we lived in caves!

So, why wood?

First off, wood is here to stay.  The demand for fine hardwood products remains very strong.  Some of the finest hardwoods in the world grow here.  We can substantially increase their harvest and still be sustainable.  Most of our forests are owned by small local landowners, so every tree we sustainably harvest puts more money into our region’s economy.

Second, our forest economy is huge.  The industry contributed $22 billion to Ohio’s GDP, providing $5.7 billion in wages and 118,000 jobs in 2010 – before the economic recovery really got rolling.  More than 70 percent of…

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