The Muskingum County Commissioners are continuing their support to a local entity that they hope will bring jobs to our area.
The commissioners gave $80,000 Thursday to the Port Authority. The funds are part of their annual $100,000 contribution to the organization.
"Port Authority is an entity that can buy and sell property which we need and that is probably going to put Muskingum County a step ahead of other counties is the Port Authority is very supportive and we really need that," says Commissioner John Bates.
Bates says the Port Authority is currently promoting the ground and property out at the industrial park. He says he hopes to see the industrial park booming once the economy gets better.
"Because the county has put so much money and time into the industrial park out there, that is the only thing that is going to pull us out of the stretch we are in right now is jobs, so that is why we invested in the future. So hopefully it pans out for the county," tells Bates.
Bates says that even though the county tightened its budget, the Port Authority is one area they did not want to cut back on.