Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority Seeking Bids For Eastpointe Drive Resurfacing Project
The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority is seeking contractors for the Eastpointe Drive Resurfacing Project. The contractor will perform road resurfacing of Eastpointe Drive located at the Eastpointe Business Park, Zanesville, OH, 43701. The improvements will include asphalt/concrete resurfacing of ~0.67 mi. of existing roadway. Contractor shall furnish all materials, equipment and tools necessary to complete the paving acceptable to the County Engineer. All materials shall meet current ODOT specs and be ODOT certified. Contractor shall clean and prepare surface for paving.
Sealed bids will be accepted beginning July 24, 2020 until 2:00PM on August 10, 2020 at the Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority, 205 N. 5th St., Zanesville, OH, 43701.
Bid opening will be held at 2:00PM immediately following the bid deadline at the ZMCPA offices.
Full bid packet can be picked up at the ZMCPA office, or may be downloaded here:
National Road Business Park Receives $3.1M Grant for Business Development
JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority today announced that JobsOhio is providing a $3.1 million JobsOhio grant to support development of the National Road Business Park in Muskingum County.
The funding will support preparation of the 203-acre property for building construction by business occupants. Grant funds will be used to construct an access road and make upgrades to water and sewer lines. The due diligence studies and technical reports required to develop the site have also been completed.
The result will be a business park that is fully ready to accommodate a building as large as 1 million square feet, as well as other smaller commercial and industrial facilities. Sites on the property will range in size from 3 acres to over 70 acres. The Port Authority is marketing the site to local expanding companies and working to attract new employers to the county.
“This is a huge victory for the folks of Muskingum County and Zanesville,” commented Ohio State Senator Tim Shaffer. “The work put into this project reaffirms our local leaders’ commitment to solid planning, communication, and teamwork to make our region grow. JobsOhio does not award these grants without a great deal of diligent research and confidence that goes into the selection from among the best sites in Ohio, and I am very proud of our local leaders’ efforts to make this a reality.”
“This JobsOhio grant illustrates Zanesville’s and Muskingum County’s forward-thinking stance in providing the infrastructure to build a jobs economy,” Senator Shaffer added. “This project will be crucial toward rebuilding our local and regional economy and getting folks back to work.”
“This project is yet another example of the amazing teamwork between Jobs Ohio, Ohio SE and the ZMCPA,” said Adam Holmes, Ohio House State Representative for the 97th District. “The leadership and vision of these business development leaders continues to be a powerful driver of our regional economy and a critical component of our strategic regional economic development. We are very fortunate to have these organizations leading our community’s post COVID -19 business resurgence.”
“The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority and our Board of Directors are grateful for the continued support from the County Commissioners, City of Zanesville, OhioSE, and JobsOhio to create viable, shovel ready sites in Muskingum County,” said Matt Abbott, Executive Director. “All of the efforts that have gone into making the National Road Business Park a reality have been the multitude of local, regional and state organizations working together to achieve a common goal,” Abbott commented. “OhioSE and JobsOhio continues to play a critical role in our business expansion and business attraction efforts.”
Funding to improve these sites was made available through the JobsOhio/OhioSE Site Initiative, a program that started in 2018 with the goal of assisting southeastern Ohio counties by creating competitive sites capable of winning new business investments. The sites in the program were selected with the assistance of a group of southern Ohio CEOs who advised JobsOhio and OhioSE.
“We appreciate the longtime partnership with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority to move the National Road Business Park forward,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P Nauseef. “Once upgrades are completed, the nearly 200 acre site will boost Muskingum County’s ability compete and win more jobs and investment.”
OhioSE President Mike Jacoby praised the Port Authority for pursuing the project and thanked JobsOhio for its support. “Our region needs ready sites and buildings to be competitive in economic development,” said Jacoby. “The Port Authority, County and City have displayed great vision and a commitment to economic development with the establishment of the National Road Business Park. I am grateful to JobsOhio for believing in that vision and thrilled that OhioSE could play a part in it.”
With the planned site preparation and the completed due diligence studies, the site will be totally ready for the development of buildings by the end of this year. Several other sites in southeastern Ohio are wrapping up due diligence reviews through this initiative. These due diligence reviews include a title review, wetlands delineations, threatened & endangered species study, cultural resources report, geotechnical report, utility assessment, grading plan and engineer’s development cost estimate. Other sites in the program are currently under review and additional awards may be coming in the future for the strongest sites.
The National Road Business Park has been a cooperative effort between the Port Authority, the Muskingum County Commissioners and the City of Zanesville. The property was purchased in 2018 by the Port Authority with assistance from the Muskingum County Commissioners. The City of Zanesville will contribute toward the planned infrastructure upgrades. A Joint Economic Development District will be established at the park to help pay for maintenance and future improvements.
City of Zanesville Receives $70,000 Opportunity Zone Grant
The tracts are typically in economically distressed area. Investors invest capital gains from other projects in a fund that in turn invests in projects in the Opportunity Zones. The investor is then eligible for a tax credit equal to 10% of their investment, up to $1 million dollars during 2020-2021. Longer investments offer other tax benefits.
The Opportunity Appalachia grants are designed to help attract investment to smaller, rural areas. The City of Zanesville’s CIC office and the Port Authority worked toghether in 2018 to apply for both Opportunity Zones and then in 2019 the grant to help market them. Work is expected to begin this summer. To read the full Zanesville Times Recorder story, click here. To visit the Port Authority’s Opportunity Zone page, click here.
Spectrum Raising Wages and Hiring at Local Call Center
Read more about Spectrum’s initiatives in the Zanesville Times Recorder by clicking here.
Zanesville Named #6 Micropolitan in the U.S.
Throughout the year, the Port Authority submits information on new investment, new projects, and job creation to JobsOhio. It is then compiled by JobsOhio and sent on to Conway Data, Inc. to track in comparison to other communities on the national level.
AMG Vanadium’s decision to locate their second facility in Muskingum County played a huge part in this year’s rankings and we are excited about their future in our community. Other large projects in 2019 took place at Dollar General, Halliburton, Kenworth, and ABB Leasing.
To read more about the state, metropolitans, and micropolitans that earned ranking, visit www.siteselection.com.
To read the Zanesville Times Recorder article about ranking, visit https://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/2020/03/08/business-publication-recognizes-zanesville-business-investment-growth/4937655002/
Infrastructure Investments Highlight a Decade of Growth in Muskingum County
According to Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority data, Muskingum County has experienced an overall positive employment increase since the start of the decade. The Port Authority’s work to attract employers started early in the decade, with the arrival of AVON and Halliburton at the Eastpointe Business Park in 2010 and 2012, respectively. These two businesses now account for ~1,400 employees.
Also in 2012, Fanatics purchased building F in the East Central Ohio Park near Frazeysburg. With over 300 full-time employees and 1,000 seasonal jobs, Fanatics has been a tremendous boost to the County’s economy.
Although manufacturing took a hit over the decade, both the transportation/warehousing and accommodation/food services industries grew by over 500 jobs in the last 10 years. That growth is demonstrated through expansions by Mattingly, Kellogg’s and Phillips Meat Processing over the past decade.
“What we’re seeing is the existing companies have made decisions to expand here, which is very healthy and what you want to have happen, and I think our role in economic development, number one, is to try to maintain the businesses and companies that we do have here,” said Matt Abbott, executive director for the Port Authority. “It’s not been a perfect scenario, there have been some losses.”
Along with Fyda Freightliner’s arrival and a significant expansion by 5 B’s during the back half of the decade, AMG Vanadium made a $300 million investment to bring a production facility to the Eastpointe Business Park and 100 new jobs with it.
Having a site ready to house a company is a crucial piece in the puzzle of attracting businesses.
“We’ve had sites for these companies to come in and locate, and a site’s just not a flat piece of ground, it requires water capacity, sewer capacity, capacity for electricity, gas, connectivity to fiber, good access,” Abbott said.
Abbott credited the investment made by the community years before the decade began with the creation of the Eastpointe Business Park, and noted the returns it continues to bring about 20 years later. Over the past decade, investment into necessary infrastructure has continued to support business growth.
“When we look at companies that are looking to come here and [AMG] recently made the decision to come here, and their capacity, they needed 100,000 gallons a day. If they ask for 100,000 gallons of water in a day and I have the ability to tell them that’s no problem, that is really a feather in our cap when it comes to the process,” Abbott said. “They’re not looking for communities to locate in, they’re looking for communities to cross off the list to narrow their search down, so when we’re able to portray that kind of capacity, it’s to our favor, and we’re going to win projects as a result.”
AMG, Dollar General and Avon are located at Eastpointe Business Park, where there’s a Joint Economic Development District. Abbott said the city invested in the site, the county provides water and sewer and the land is located in Washington Township. The JEDD encourages economic development between the municipalities, while allowing them each to collect returns on investment through tax revenue.
“We’ve done, as a community, a pretty good job of investing dollars in a wise manner to fit the needs of companies coming in, and I think over time we have seen the wins that this community has received as a result of decisions that have been made,” Abbott said.
In 2018, the Port Authority purchased 203 acres of land for nearly $3 million to start another business park, National Road Business Park. According to Abbott, the purchase was partially funded by JEDD revenue, which continues to allow the Port Authority and municipalities to spur additional growth. The Port Authority hopes to break ground at the site in spring of 2020.
“Infrastructure’s huge, you can’t downplay that, and that’s where you see a lot of communities fall short,” Abbott said. “It’s not easy for someone to make a decision that we’re gonna spend, say, $2 million to run this water line here or $3 million to upgrade this sewer line. Those are difficult decisions to make when you’re making those choices with taxpayer dollars, but there has to be a place where we can begin with the end in mind.”
Abbott said the Port Authority has attracted nearly $700 million in investment to the area, and that success is slated to continue in 2020 and beyond.
“I feel, right now, we’re in a very strong position when it comes to our economic well-being in Muskingum County and the City of Zanesville. Now, saying that, there is room for improvement and there’s room for growth,” Abbott said. “Things look positive, there’s no roadblocks that we see in the near future as far as our economic growth is concerned.”
You can read the full Times Recorder article about the growth of Muskingum County by clicking here
City of Zanesville Sees Decade of Economic Growth
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority helped attract about $650 million in county-wide industrial investment, with $84 million being invested inside the Zanesville city limits.
“We have the ability to create jobs whether it’s in the city or the county, but if it’s outside in the county specifically, there are things within the city that stand to benefit,” said Matt Abbott, Port Authority executive director. “There might not be an industrial factory put in the downtown area of the City of Zanesville, but people are going to be coming for healthcare, people are going to be coming because we’re a regional retail hub as well, and I think you see that with the retail development that’s taken place within our community.”
Regionally, Zanesville is a major hub for healthcare, as Genesis is the largest provider in a six-county region. In 2013, ground was broken for Genesis and the community raised about $16 million to help pay for the new facility, which consolidated the Bethesda and Good Samaritan Hospital campuses. A more than $200 million investment, the hospital strengthened the city’s commitment to health care, added jobs in the health care industry and equipped the city to care for more regional patients.
“We are the regional hub for health care, and that cannot be downplayed with Genesis healthcare system in our community,” Abbott said. “That is something that should never be overlooked, the power of the high-caliber healthcare system that we do have, employing around 3,000 people.”
The city of Zanesville is also a regional hub for retail trade and accommodation/food services industries, employ the second- and fourth-highest percentage of workers in Zanesville. Both industries benefit the community by not only employing workers, but, like the health care sector, by attracting people from outside the county and furthering the city’s reputation as a hub for those services.
Zanesville City Schools has evolved dramatically in the past decade, starteinga vocational agriculture program, robotics, and E-sports, programs that weren’t previously possible, according to Assistant Superintendent Steve Foreman.
“Just having the electrical outlets in the classrooms to support some of the things we’re talking about was impossible, because we didn’t have them,” he said.
In 2014, Zane State cut the ribbon on its new Advanced Science and Technology Building, and ZSC has since expanded its College Credit Plus Program to local high schools.
“When their programs improve, we’re basically feeding into their programs, so it helps us. When they become stronger, we become stronger,” Foreman said.
Going forward, the city is placing an emphasis on trade-based education. After a levy for Mid-East was passed in the fall, the school will moved forward with $13 million in improvements at its Zanesville and Buffalo campuses. ZCS also opened its vocational building this fall. Foreman said he’s been in contact with a number of local businesses and is in the process of forming partnerships with them for programs that will provide training certifications for students and lead to potential internships with area companies.
“I would say that our offerings to students are greater today than they’ve ever been,” Foreman said. “We’re really working to give students, at the end of their path here with us, more than a diploma, but a skill, a trade, something that they’re interested in that they can go off and do.”
For Foreman, the improvements to Zanesville’s educational landscape translate to city-wide growth by providing the next generation real world skills.
“Let’s do those things, because that’s going to benefit those businesses, and it’s going to benefit us, too. We’re giving those kids more than a diploma and we’re changing the culture of Zanesville.”
The city has also reaped financial benefits of industrial growth in the county, most notably through its Joint Economic Development District agreement in Washington Township — the location of Eastpointe Business Park. According to Abbott, revenue from that JEDD was used to purchase land in Perry Township for the development of the forthcoming National Road Business Park, where yet another JEDD is in the works.
“What a JEDD is able to do is allow for elected officials to make decisions and see a ROI (Return on Investment) for community dollars,” Abbott said.
As for business growth within the city, the Ohio Amended Substitute House Bill No. 166 established the Ohio Opportunity Zone Tax Credit, which offers tax incentives for eligible investments in qualified projects located in Ohio Opportunity Zones. Two opportunity zones were established in Zanesville, one in Putnam and one in the State Street and Lee Street area.
“Moving forward, there’s some real incentive for the private sector to invest in areas where those are designated,” Abbott said.
To read the Times Recorder’s full story about Zanesville’s decade of growth, click here.