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Meeting touts successes of JobsOhio, APEG

Economic development efforts will remain a focus for two key organizations in the state as they press forward in an effort to remain competitive, officials said Tuesday.

Leaders from JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development arm, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth met Tuesday at the Chillicothe Country Club to provide an update on their accomplishments and what other upcoming initiatives they hope to tackle.

John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, said that, in the past 18 months, the organization has been able to double its staffing levels while developing a strong culture.

“The team we’ve built and the team we have, that’s been a big part of our success the last couple of years,” Minor said. “We’ve taken an industry-targeted approach.”

As part of its growth, JobsOhio also has created a team of five individuals who are dedicated to marketing efforts, though Minor stressed there are other…

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Boehner on Candle-lite: ‘Only in America’

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Among the several speakers lauding the Candle-lite Company’s 175 years during Saturday’s celebration in Leesburg was U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who said that the company is “another reason to say ‘only in America.’”

Boehner was introduced by Jerry Vanden Eynden, Candle-lite Company president. As a part of a slide show presentation, Vanden Eynden shared a picture. In it, Boehner could be seen working at his desk, on which was placed a lamp, a globe … and a Candle-lite candle.

“He supports us,” Vanden Eynden said, adding that he was “humbled and honored” to introduce Boehner.

Boehner began his speech by describing the world 175 years ago. At that time, he said, the tallest building was 500 feet tall. Also, Boehner said, there were…

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SOACDF funds available for job creation in Jackson County

JACKSON– The Jackson County Economic Development Board (JCEDB) announced that up to $200,000 in competitive grant funds are available through the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) for projects in SOACDF’s nine county service region. The mission of the grant is for SOACDF to sponsor strategic investments in communities that have been adversely affected by the reduction in the demand for tobacco.

Private sector business/industry with job creation/retention projects, political subdivisions and public nonprofits may apply. Colleges and universities may apply for projects that are private sector driven.

The criteria for grant availability are extensive, but the main points are:

• Funds may be used for capital improvements, fixed assets or land acquisition where the end purpose is for manufacturing, logistics/distribution, warehousing, agribusiness/food processing or healthcare.

• There must be a job creation/retention component. Job creation is defined as a year round fulltime job working a minimum of 32 hours per week.


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Making the Grade: Lumber grading course held at OSU South Centers

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

Over a dozen loggers from Ohio and abroad gathered at OSU South Centers last week to participate in a course designed to give them a better understanding and develop their skills in the timber industry. The five-day Lumber Grading Short Course/Flex Day Course was instructed by National Hardwood Lumber Association National Inspector Barry Kibbey, who has instructed lumber grading workshops across the country for the past 41 years, in addition to working in various aspects of the timber industry.

“Timber and related industries are important to Southeast Ohio. This course gives local residents employed in the industry…

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