Local Partnerships

City and County Partnerships

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority is a partner with Muskingum County and the City of Zanesville. Each entity provides financial support to the Port Authority and are integral partners in the the execution of Port activities.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce is a membership association for local businesses.  Chamber members represent virtually all industries, fields and professions located throughout Muskingum County.  Member firms range from very small independent companies to national corporations.  More than 650 local businesses are currently members of the Chamber.

The Chamber was founded in 1905 by business people who recognized the need to work together as a team to promote and serve local companies, build the economy, and improve the community. Chamber members appreciate the strength and benefits of collective action. They understand that they can achieve greater progress and economic growth in the community by working together as a unified force.

The Chamber provides services to its members that help promote their products and services and reduce operating costs.  The Chamber also works through the Muskingum Growth Partnership (MGP) to support community economic development efforts.  Go to the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce website for information about Chamber of Commerce services and programs.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes our community to visitors and tourists.  Key attractions include The Wilds, a 10,000-acre wildlife preserve in southeastern Muskingum County, the Longaberger Homestead and factory tour, the National Road-Zane Grey Museum, the Lorena Sternwheeler, Alan Cottrill Gallery, numerous potteries featuring handmade ceramics, boating on the Muskingum River, Dillon Lake, Blue Rock State Forest, seven golf courses, Tri-Valley Wildlife Area, and more.  Explore all there is to do at Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention & Visitors Bureau Web Site.

Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority

The MCCFA (Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority) owns, operates, and manages the Muskingum County Welcome Center and other developing properties. It is the intent of the MCCFA Board of Directors that the primary purpose of The Welcome Center is: “to support and encourage economic growth of the community by attracting and serving tourists, for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and private groups.”   

Mid-East Building Department

The Mid East Building Department, located in downtown Zanesville, is a one-stop shop for commercial and industrial building plan approvals and inspections in a five-county area.  Fully certified by the State of Ohio to interpret and enforce the Ohio Building Code, the Mid East Building Department can save companies time and effort by eliminating trips to distant state offices.  In Muskingum County, the Mid East Building Department also issues floodplain permits.  Learn more and download forms.


Regional Partners

Ohio Mid East Government Association

The Ohio Mid East Government Association (OMEGA) is 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.  Based in nearby Cambridge, OMEGA also provides area clearinghouse services and administers a revolving loan funds.   OMEGA serves ten counties in Ohio: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, & Tuscarawas.


Eastern Ohio Development Alliance

The Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) is an independent, nonprofit organization, consisting of sixteen counties in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. The counties of the alliance are Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington. EODA was formed in 1990 with thirteen counties participating. EODA, through the cooperation of its 16 member counties, will promote the economic growth of the region. Both organizations and individuals from the sixteen member counties comprise the EODA membership. Each member county has two representatives — one each from the public and private sectors. EODA promotes business development/marketing, education/technology, governmental affairs/public relations, SBDC, membership, and nominating. 


Ohio Southeast (OhioSE)

Ohio Southeast (formerly APEG) is the JobsOhio partner for Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, serving 25 rural counties. OhioSE, one of six network partners throughout the state, and acts as the single point of entry for economic development activities in the twenty-five counties we serve. The OhioSE-JobsOhio team works with site selectors, counties and communities to attract new companies and with the region’s existing companies to grow their operations. OhioSE draws the entire region together by developing long-term strategies and initiatives to transform the regional economy. The prime focus is on retaining existing jobs and accelerating business growth to spur job creation and investment in the region.


State Partners

Ohio Development Service Agency

The Ohio Development Service Agency (ODSA) is committed to creating jobs and building strong communities, while ensuring accountability and transparency of taxpayer money and exceptional customer service.


Jobs Ohio

JobsOhio is a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. For innovative companies, the decision to locate and expand operations is a strategic one. The challenge is finding a location where companies have access to a predictable business environment, skilled labor pool, integrated infrastructure and scale-up opportunities. JobsOhio is able to assist in all aspects of this process.


O.D.O.T. Jobs & Commerce

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Jobs & Commerce division is a rapid-response team dedicated to helping Ohioans go to work by providing transportation infrastructure and project management assistance to the State’s businesses and communities. Regional managers work with economic development and transportation professionals to enable transportation projects with job retention or expansion impacts.

TechGROWTH Ohio – Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship

TechGROWTH Ohio connects early-stage, technologically-innovative companies with valuable tools for growth and sources of capital. The program focuses on four technology industries: digital interactive media, bio-sciences, bio-agriculture and advanced energy.  High-growth potential companies with a new product, technology or process in other industries are also encouraged to apply.  The mission of TechGROWTH Ohio is to significantly increase revenue growth and capital investments in technology-based businesses within the 19-county region of southeast Ohio. Funded by the Third Frontier Initiative – a $1.6 billion Ohio Department of Development project – it is a part of the Entrepreneurial Signature Program.