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    Port Authority Newsletter – April 2018

  • The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority has begun publishing a Quarterly Newsletter. If you would like to be added to the email list of recipients, please contact Amy Young at amy@zmcport.com.

    Port Authority Newsletter – January 2018

  • Executive Director Matt Abbott sat down with WHIZ to recap the events of 2017. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority has been working with local business for years now and 2017 has been one of the most successful. The area is seeing close to record low unemployment rates; a year ago the unemployment rate was around 6.0% and now it’s down to 4.7%.

    “The goods and services produced here in the county, we’ve seen an uptick of 4.8% and the value of those goods and services produced has also increased, so that’s another positive sign. All of our distribution centers, which we have multiple continuing to actively hire. They’ve increased their starting wages and done a lot of increases throughout,” said Abbott.

    Abbott said with this year going so well, it sets up the area for success in 2018. He said it’s important for the area to continue on the good foundation the area has.

    “We have a pretty solid foundation. We have a footprint of nine fortune 500 companies in Muskingum County. Which is very positive for our outlook. So it’s a destination and a good place to do business. It’s a proven location. You’ve seen recent announcements with Kenworth and Peterbilt in the trucking industries,” said Abbott.

    Abbott said the Port Authority is currently working with four local companies who are looking to expand, which will create more jobs. He said things are looking positive for the future.

     

  • Peterbilt will be locating in the former Axion Builing, located on All-American Way, and will occupy 18,000 square feet of the building for maintenance and repair. They will also be using the parking lot as a showcase for new trucks. Peterbilt will offer mechanical repairs and maintenance as well as new truck sales at the All American Way location, according to the company’s public relations manager Nicholas Smith. The east end of the building will house a Peterbilt brand retail store.
     
     
    Hissong Kenworth began operating TRP Zanesville as a parts and service center in the Eastpointe Business Park in December. The 7,000 square foot facility currently has eight employees, but plans to expand.
    Additionally, Hissong Kenworth has purchased 25 acres of land on Boggs Road and will be breaking ground on a Kenworth dealership after the first of the year. They will offer a large selection of new and used road tractors, semi trucks, dump trucks, box trucks, flatbed trucks, sleeper trucks, and tractor trailers.
  • The Port Authority received a $158,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to assist with resurfacing 1.3 miles of roadway throughout the Airport Business Park. This critical infrastructure improvement was completed with support from the Muskingum County Commissioners and the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office.
     
    Airpark Drive is the main artery into the park and traffic has increased to over 50 trucks per day, in addition to the over 1,000 employees working in the park. The newly paved road creates a safe route for all that drive into the park on a daily basis.
  • The new Bethesda Drive extension was officially dedicated on October 31 with a ribbon cutting. This new road will provide direct access for ambulances to the Genesis Healthcare System Emergency department, allowing for better patient care and also relieving congestion at the main entrance to the hospital. The road extension allows emergency vehicles to exit Maple at Bethesda Drive. The road is closed to the public and will allow EMS to avoid traffic in route to Genesis. Al Burns, the COO at Genesis, says it’s important for emergency vehicles to be able to get to the hospital as fast, and as safe,  as possible.

  • AT&T announced on Friday October 20, 2017 that fixed wireless internet is now available in the most rural areas of Muskingum County. In August 2015, AT&T accepted an annual payment of $427 million for six years from the federal government as part of the connect America project.  These funds will make high-speed internet access available to more than 400,000 locations in 18 states by the end of this year and more than 1 million locations by 2020, according to AT&T Ohio President Adam Grzybicki.

    Grzybicki said the fixed wireless internet service delivers home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of 1 mbps. To read the full article in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click here.

    To learn more about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, go to att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.

  • The Port Authority has been awarded a $10,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power.

    AEP Ohio awarded the grant to the Port Authority through their Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides funding to help local communities grow with a focus on retention and expansion of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, AEP Ohio is directing dollars back into the communities they serve to invest in their growth.

    The Port Authority will use the grant money to help pay for development site marketing. The project is expected to be completed over the next 12 months and was one of 21 local economic development organizations to receive a LEAP grant in 2017.

  • A featured article in the February 25, 2017 Zanesville Times Recorder detailed how a boost from the oil and gas industry has begun to trickle through Muskingum County again. “Places like Haliburton and Producers Services are picking up,” Executive Director MattAbbott said. “Tilley Pressure Test has purchased nine acres in the EastPointe Business Park with plans to build this spring.” Click here to read the full article.

  • A list of the Top 25 Ohio counties with the biggest growth in new jobs shows the strength of Central Ohio.

    The information from the U.S. Department of Labor is for the year ended June 2016, the latest data available. Overall, Ohio added 40,974 new jobs during the period.

    Being in a part of the state that has among the most new jobs being created is a boon for the region as our economy looks to continue growing. In addition, having more workers bringing home paychecks helps boost spending in the region and has a multiplier effect.

  • The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority secured a $775,000 grant from JobsOhio for improvements on a 30-acre parcel in the Airport Distribution Park. The site will become the largest shovel-ready site in Muskingum County. Read the full Times Recorder article here.