Nichole Hannahs

Job Ready Certification

by Nichole Hannahs on July 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

The Job Ready Site at the Eastpointe Industrial Park is closer to becoming the first in the state to be certified for a manufacturing operation.

Wednesday, Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby, the Austin Company and the Ohio Department of Development toured the site.

The Port should know with in the next thirty to sixty days if the site will be certified.

"It really means you’ve done all your homework," said Executive Director Mike Jacoby. "All utilities are in place and at capacity to serve clients needs."

Originally in the plans for the JRS was a rail line that would run directly to the area. But, do to cost that project was cut from the final project. Now the approval for an $800,000 grant from the state and money from the federal government could spear the project forward.

"Rail is something a very big user would have interest in," said Jacoby. "We can’t say for sure it would be a requirement but we think the chances are high, which is why we are spending so much time talking about it."

The Port Authority originally estimated the project at $3 million but costs could change based on the market and they would need to come up with funds to cover the remaining balance.

Jacoby also asked the Port to authorize him to enter into an agreement with PSI to negotiate services for restoration and monitoring of wetland areas at the JRS. The Port Board was also updated on the 93 turn lane project which is right on schedule.