In the first meeting of the year at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority discussions get underway for their plans in 2014.
For the last 18 months the port has discussed creating a new job ready site to draw businesses to our area. Executive Director Mike Jacoby said they've run out of larger sites at Eastpointe and believes the timing to move forward on the project is good.
"The economy is still kind of struggling a bit so prices could be good, whether it's running infrastructure or utilities or even buying some property" said Jacoby. "We have the city and the county engaged with us and hopefully would be partners in whatever we try to do."
The Port has identified multiple properties that are being considered for the project. Those remain confidential at this time. For the project to move forward the board must pay attention to the price.
"We're going to have to look at the costs and risks and make a decision as to whether or not it's a smart thing to do. We're not committing that we're going to do something, but we're actively looking for good opportunities that kind of fit in with the plans for the community in the long term."
Jacoby said in the new year they are also trying to find their niche when it comes to shale drilling. While Muskingum County isn't seeing the amount of growth in this area as other counties they still believe the county can still draw business from the drilling boom.