APEG understands that success in regional economic development is forged through partnerships and we work with numerous agencies, organizations and companies to create attract, retain and grow manufacturing companies in southern and eastern Ohio, including the region’s cities, towns, villages and townships; county and regional economic development organizations; JobsOhio and Ohio agencies; neighboring states; federal agencies; non-profit groups; and philanthropic foundations involved in economic development and the related activities that support the growth of jobs.
Local Economic Development Organizations
Each of the twenty-five APEG counties has a staffed position whose focus is economic development. The names of the organizations differ; some are Port Authorities, others are Community Improvement Councils (CICs) and other have unique names. These individuals and organizations are key to attracting new businesses and growing existing businesses. They know their county best and are charged to have a vast array of information including details on available sites, labor pools, logistics and utilities in their respective county needed for attracting a new company. They also know the businesses already in their area and are part of the network of support reaching out help existing companies grow and thrive. Find detailed information on each of our counties here.
Regional Development Organizations
Buckeye Hills – Hocking Valley Regional Development District helps local communities work together to cooperatively improve the region. A voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions, Buckeye Hills serves eight counties within the APEG region. They assist with securing financial resources to translate ideas into action. The counties they serve include Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington.
OMEGA is Ohio Mid-Eastern Government’s Association, a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research, and allocation of resources. OMEGA serves ten counties within our region: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas.
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) is a public regional planning commission established coordinate federal, state and local resources to encourage development in 12 southern Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
ACEnet staff provide a variety of sector-specific services to start-up and expansion businesses including assistance with business planning, product development, marketing, financial management and accessing capital. They have special expertise in the food sector and manage a shared-use kitchen.
MCBI helps entrepreneurs in the APEG region move their product or business idea to the next level. For most startup businesses, the product idea is the entrepreneur’s focus, not the business aspects of it. MCBI helps the entrepreneur get that product to market through a variety of services including: business plan development, value proposition testing, prototype development, investment readiness, market testing, product soft launching and sales/marketing plan development.
Ohio University Innovation Center
The Innovation Center provides an entrepreneurial ecosystem dedicated to helping new businesses with office space, advisers and coaches, an equipped wet lab and 3D printing.
SCORE offers free, confidential mentoring for entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their small business. Expert consulting and educational workshops are provided by active and retired business men and women.
Ohio SBDC of South East Ohio
The Ohio Small Business Development Center of South East Ohio provides business consulting for companies working on a business idea, in the start-up stages or existing businesses who want to grow. Based at Ohio University, this Center serves these APEG counties: Athens, Belmont, Guernsey, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington.
Ohio SBDC at the OSU South Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at the Ohio State University offers comprehensive business management and education services including free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low-or no-cost training. This Center serves these APEG counties: Adams, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
Ohio SBDC at Kent State Tuscarawas
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State Tuscarawas provides services to assist small businesses as they move through all stages of business development from idea, through start-up, development and into growth and expansion. This Center serves these APEG counties: Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes and Jefferson.
TechGROWTH Ohio offers entrepreneurs and technology start-up companies in southeast Ohio access to business assistance and sources of capital. The effort is a partnership between Ohio University and Ohio Third Frontier.