Nichole Hannahs

Hitting the Pavement for Business

by Nichole Hannahs on February 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

The Port Authority is putting its feet to the pavement.

Executive Director Mike Jacoby and a member of the Port Board are leaving their offices and meeting with major employers in Muskingum County.

The goal is to build relationships with businesses in our area.

"We’re also asking some business climate issues so we can identify some ways we can help them locally in the short term and if there are bigger business climate issues we can pass them on to the State of Ohio," said Mike Jacoby.

Jacoby said for the most part companies are optimistic about the business climate.

"Along with that a need for financing keeps popping up, a need for training and we’re getting a lot of feedback on workers’ compensation. There are been improvements to that system in Ohio over the years but what I’m hearing is that there could be a lot of improvement made with workers’ compensation," said Executive Director Mike Jacoby.

Businesses have told Jacoby that though they remain optimistic that isn’t going to lead to any job creation at this time.

In other Port news the board has delayed the bidding for the Eastpointe Rail Project. The board said the Ohio Rail Commission must act as an intermediary for them in order to receive $475,000 in earmark money from the Federal Rail Commission.