The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) is the first organization to collaborate with Ohio’s 32 Appalachian-designated counties with an economic development goal.

The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

APEG was founded in 2011 and continues to grow its services as new opportunities are identified.  The non-profit organization partners in several initiatives designed to create jobs and advance the region’s economy.

APEG, one of six JobsOhio network partners, acts the single point of entry for economic development activities in 25 counties.   The APEG-JobsOhio team has a dual role working with site selectors, counties and communities to attract new companies and with the region’s existing companies to grow their operations.   Learn more about APEG-JobsOhio programs OR view map of counties served.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) staff brings expertise in Lean manufacturing and other manufacturing practices that will boost the line.  Part of Ohio MEP and funded by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the program works with companies of all sizes to identify advisers and training for process improvement, employee skill building, safety and leadership, whatever the company needs to take the next step.  APEG-MEP serves 20-plus counties some in collaboration with sister Ohio MEP affiliates MAGNET and TechSolve.  Learn more about APEG-MEP programs.

Supporting the forest and wood products industry in Ohio’s 32 Appalachian-designated counties is the focus of the Small Business Administration’s Regional Innovation Cluster program.  The APEG Wood Products team works statewide to support economic development in this diverse, underserved industry.  Learn more about APEG-SBA programs OR view map of counties served.