Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District (MCTID) Accepting Bids for Eastpointe Slip Repair
The Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District (MCTID) is soliciting a qualified contracting firm to perform all required slip repair and road improvement work on Eastpointe Drive. Sealed bids will be accepted at the office of the Muskingum County Port Authority, located at 205 N. 5th St, Zanesville, OH, 43701, either by mail or hand delivered during normal business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) until August 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Bids will be opened on August 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Muskingum County Welcome Center.
On Tuesday June 26, 2018, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority (ZMCPA) exercised an option and closed on the purchase of a 203 acre property located in Perry Township.
The development of the National Road Business Park will truly be a unique, inter-governmental effort, as the funding for purchase and development is being shared jointly between the ZMCPA, Muskingum County and the City of Zanesville. Additionally, we are actively pursuing over $1.25 million in grant dollars to assist with the creation of the park.
The immediate goal at the National Road Business Park will be developing the 203 acre Greenfield site into a viable location capable of holding a ~1 million square foot facility with sufficient infrastructure in place. Combined with numerous sites for smaller facilities, this will create employment opportunities for the residents of Muskingum County and Southeastern Ohio. The ZMCPA will have the ability to market these sites and better compete for new project leads.
The ZMCPA identified five different properties in the county for development and felt the Perry Township property would provide the best opportunities for future growth. With easy access and visibility from I-70, availability of utilities and workforce, this location could easily become Muskingum County’s newest viable business park.
Since its inception, the ZMCPA and its partners have successfully created, erected and driven economic development in Muskingum County. The three existing business parks were led directly by efforts of the Port Authority, its Board of Directors, the County Commissioners, the Mayor and Council of the City of Zanesville and various Township Trustees. The three existing business parks include the Airport Business Park, Eastpointe Business Park, and the Northpointe Business Park. Total employment among the three parks exceeds 4,500 workers.
The Board of Directors and local elected officials recognize that investment must take place in order to continue to move Muskingum County forward. The National Road Business Park will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance the economic climate, and provide Muskingum County with a competitive edge to add new business locally.
For site selector information about the National Road Business Park, click here.
On Monday May 21, 2018, JD Equipment held a ground-breaking ceremony for the $2.2 million dollar
expansion of their Zanesville location. The finished expansion will cover 9 acres along with a
25,000 square foot building, and add 5 – 6 new jobs. The estimated completion date will be late summer/fall of 2018.
This investment will expand the Service Department allowing JD Equipment to better service their
The Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District (TID) has earned the Auditor of State’s Award for a clean audit report.
The award is presented to local governments and school districts for filing timely audit reports without any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings, questioned costs or other discrepancies.
The TID was formed in November 1995 for the purpose of coordinating and financing transportation infrastructure improvement programs, particularly road construction projects. The Muskingum County TID has worked closely with ODOT to secure grant funding for numerous projects over the past 23 years.
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.