Economic Development receives grant


COLUMBUS — The Meigs County Office of Economic and Workforce Development has been awarded a $5,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power.

AEP Ohio awarded the grant to the Meigs County Office of Economic and Workforce Development 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.

Meigs County Economic Development will use the grant money to support a new website design, mobile accessibility and a streamlined statistical and demographic data base for site searchers. The goal of the project is to create 25 new jobs within three years.

“We appreciate the continued support from AEP Ohio and their longstanding support of economic development in Ohio,” said Perry Varnadoe, director of the Meigs County economic development office. “These funds will help us tell more potential employers about the great workforce and advantages of doing business in Meigs County.”

Meigs County Economic Development was one of 21 local economic development organizations to receive a LEAP grant in 2017.

“AEP Ohio is proud to partner with our communities through our ongoing LEAP grants,” said Tim Wells, manager of economic and business development for AEP Ohio. “Our goal is to help the communities we serve thrive.”

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