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2022 Brought $460 Million in Development
Muskingum County completed several projects in 2023, and laid the groundwork for the future.
In partnership with the City of Zanesville and various towns and villages in the county, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority − which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year − submitted a number of projects to the Ohio Department of Development in hopes of qualifying for some of the $500 million being distributed through the Appalachian Ohio Community Grant Program. The combined application will fund planning for a number of projects that will establish the area as a gateway to Appalachia, said Matt Abbott, director of the Port Authority.
The National Road Business Park, located near the Zanesville Municipal Airport, will be the site of two major business developments this year. Food manufacturer Grupo Bimbo committed to build a factory for its snack products, and the Port Authority will partner with a developer to build a spec building in hopes of attracting a new tenant.
More than $460 million of development took place in the county in 2022, Abbott said. “The best is yet to come, no question,” he said.
To read Chris Crooks complete article in the Times Recorder, click HERE.
2021 Archived News
National Road Business Park Honored as Best Site Development
Ohio Southeast Economic Development recently honored the newly completed National Road Business Park with its Best Site Development or Building Project award.
Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority Executive Director Matt Abbott said the award reflected the work of the all the entities that were involved in the creation of the 203-acre site. “It is exciting to get the award, and exciting to look back at all the people that have been involved to make this happen,” he said.
The park is a recruitment tool to bring additional industry and business to Muskingum County, he said, and builds on the economic development alreadyaccomplished in the county.
Several companies have toured the site, Abbott added, “so we are very excited what the future holds.”
To read the full Times Recorder Story, click HERE.
AMG Vanadium To Begin Operations This Summer
Cambridge-based AMG Vandium, the world’s leading provider in spent resid catalyst recycling and metal reclamation services, will be opening their new facility at the Eastpointe Business Park this summer. The Zanesville facility is expected to bring a total of 100 new jobs.
AMG has begun their initial phase of hiring, and there will be additional recruitment of production and maintenance team members in the coming months.
The company officially broke ground on the new $300 million facility in August 2019. The first of two phases of AMG Vanadium’s operation — the roaster and flue gas desulfurization unit, rail unloading station and spent catalyst raw material storage building — will be commissioned this spring. Operations on Phase 1 will start this summer. Completion of the second phase, the melt shop, is expected in early 2022.
AMG Vanadium President Tom Centa issued the following comment regarding job expansion in the Zanesville area: “AMG Vanadium’s business model and purpose is grounded in improving the environmental footprint of our world, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to invest in this region that we’ve called home since 1952. We remain deeply committed to our Cambridge facility and look forward to adding 100 jobs at our new $300 million Zanesville plant. The support we have received from business, civic, and governmental leaders at the local, state, and federal levels has been phenomenal, and we look forward to our continued commitment to this community for decades to come.”
Spectrum Raising Starting Wages, Adding Fifty Jobs
Spectrum’s Zanesville Inbound call center is raising its minimum starting wage to $18.00 an hour and is looking to fill 50 positions. Wages include target commissions, in addition to comprehensive company-paid benefits, including medical, life and disability, education and training and a retirement plan.
“Charter is a place where employees can continuously learn and progress in their development,” said Tom Rutledge, chairman and chief executive offer at Charter, in a press release. “Building, selling and servicing an advanced broadband network, conventional and streaming video, with fixed and wireless mobile products for home and business, creates ongoing career opportunities.”
In addition to the 50 jobs at the Zanesville Call Center, Charter is currently hiring for nearly 3,000 positions across its 41-state service area with the $18 starting wage, including 140 in Central and Southwest Ohio mostly in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
The company also offers employees a market-leading retirement plan, with a 401(k) that matches the first 6% of employee contributions, plus a Retirement Accumulation Plan with an additional 3% company contribution, for which most employees are eligible. Charter employees can also receive up to $5,250 per year in education assistance, as well as complimentary and discounted Spectrum services.
New Concord To Receive Economic Development Help
Five communities in Southeast Ohio have been selected to take part in Ohio Southeast Economic Development’s Prepared Communities Program, including the Village of New Concord.
The program is a series of five sessions with Ohio Southeast and Bricker and Eckler, a Columbus legal firm. The goal is to help communities plan short-term economic projects that can be implemented in 2021 or 2022.
The sessions are a “small step to start talking about what all of the myriad of things that make up economic development in our region,” Ohio Southeast Vice President Katy Farber said. Economic development is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, said Farber, and the meetings will focus on a community’s assets.
“The program is trying to break down a sometimes overwhelming topic called economic development and have a conversation that results in an action plan for the community based on what they are, not based on what some model says they should be,” she said.
According to Farber, 98,000 people leave the region every day to work, traveling to other markets, including the Cincinnati and Columbus areas. “We want to keep them home, we want to keep people in our region, and strengthen those economies,” she said.
“Maybe an economic development plan for a community that doesn’t have any industrial area opportunities is to make sure they have a housing market, so they have a place to attract people who will be the workers for future companies in neighboring community that does have a big industrial park.”
New Concord Mayor Jennifer Lyle will bring together a team of local leaders in education, business and government during their sessions, the first of which was Tuesday. Lyle says the knowledge the group gains from sessions will help the village build a structure for economic development. “I believe the program really will be a catalyst for our community in doing the kind of economic development we talk about.”
To read the full article in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click HERE.
National Road Business Park Construction Nearly Completed
County officials are planning final touches on the National Road Business Park to sell businesses on bringing jobs to the Zanesville area.
“We’ve been very intentional about getting in front of a lot of groups and showing them what we have,” said Matt Abbott, Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority’s executive director.
The board recently discussed updates on the developing National Road park in Perry Township, which Abbott said is about 95% to completion.
Click HERE to read the full article from the Zanesville Times Recorder.
TechCred Application Period Now Open
The TechCred application period is open now through 3:00 pm January 29, 2021.
TechCred helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can received up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, with a cap of $30,000 per business each application period.
Since the program’s beginning, 966 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, with 15,105 employees earning tech-focused credentials.
For additional information on the program click HERE.