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Angel group formed to help economy in Tri-State

ASHLAND – The Tri-State Angel Investment Group, formed earlier this year, has made an initial $100,000 investment to help local businesses start up or expand and bring more jobs to the area.

The group of investors has raised $1.2 million to help Tri-State businesses grow, said Nick Fosson, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network office in Ashland, one of 13 in Kentucky. It was funded from a grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet Office of Entrepreneurship.

“Our mission is to improve the economy of the region,” Fosson said. “The first priority is to invest in regional businesses. We have to think regionally.”

The region the network will fund projects in is within 50 miles of the Ashland, Ironton and Huntington areas, he said. The group currently is composed of Ashland and Ironton area investors and would like to see more investors from Huntington and expand the initial investment to $3 million, Fosson…

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America’s oil boom sputtering back to life one rig at a time

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The sun sets over the Bakken Oil Formation, behind an oil well near Williston, N.D. From Jim Gehrz/Minneapolis Star Tribune

The oil boom isn’t dead after all.

For the first time in five months, a rig in the Williston Basin, where North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation lies, sputtered back to life and resumed drilling for crude. And then one returned to the Permian Basin, the nation’s biggest oil play, field services contractor Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday.

Shale explorers including EOG Resources Inc. and Irving-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co. say they’re preparing to bounce back from the deepest and most prolonged slowdown in U.S. oil drilling on record. The country has lost more than half its rigs since October, casualties of a 49 percent slide in crude prices during the last half of 2014. Futures rallied above $60 a barrel early…

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Bellisio dishes out donation to JCEDB

From left are Bellisio Vice President of Engineering Ryan Wright, Bellisio Vice President of Human Resources Larry Sprague, Bellisio Senior Vice President of Operations Mike Evans, Jackson County Economic Development Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs and Assistant Director Sam Brady. (Telegram Photo By Bradford Sherman)

From left are Bellisio Vice President of Engineering Ryan Wright, Bellisio Vice President of Human Resources Larry Sprague, Bellisio Senior Vice President of Operations Mike Evans, Jackson County Economic Development Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs and Assistant Director Sam Brady. (Telegram Photo By Bradford Sherman)

As a part of the company’s ongoing community support, Bellisio Foods has made a generous donation to the Jackson County Economic Development Board.

On Wednesday, company officials Mike Evans, Ryan Wright, and Larry Sprague presented a check for $5,000 to the JCEDB and its leaders, Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs and Assistant Director Sam…

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Oil, gas industry has positive impact in Carrollton schools

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Rob Smith, a consultant with Depco LLC, a mechatronics equipment company, shows some of the training center, including an automated material-handling robot (right) in the Young Entrepreneurs Classroom in the new Carrollton Schools POWER Training and outdoor learning center during an open house Friday in Carrollton. Photo from Times Recorder.

Why it matters: Thanks to new revenue generated by the oil and gas boom and grants from the state, the Carrollton Exempted Village Schools District has been able to build a new training center for students and is making plans to build a new K-12 building. School and local officials attribute the growth to the oil and gas boom, which has transformed Carroll County over the past couple of years.

For Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, 2015 is looking to be a year of big changes — all of them positive,…

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