The Zanesville-Muskingum Port Authority is awaiting final approval on it’s job ready site at the Eastpointe Industrial Park from the Ohio Department of Development.
That approval could come with-in the week. Executive Director Mike Jacoby said that the official certification would make the Job Ready Site one of the first manufacturing JRS’s in the state. It’s four years of work that the port is hoping to pay off since most of the port’s income comes from selling property.
"The job ready site is the largest piece of property that the port owns. I don’t want to make any predictions on when we would see that, but our financial future has a lot to do with land sales," said Jacoby.
Once the certification is in the hands of the port. They’ll begin the marketing phase, which will look to sell property. While an official plan isn’t in place it’s in the works and will include a proactive approach.
"There is so much competition for so few projects that you can’t sit on your hands and wait on someone to come to you," said Jacoby. "You need to know what your strengths are and you got to get yourself out there so they can at least find your website."
The Port Authority currently has a projected income this year of over $40,000 in their general fund.