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The Muskingum County Port Authority made a move to promote manufacturing growth in Muskingum County.
The Port made a move to create the Targeted Manufacturing Training Incentive Program. The board set aside $50,000 that can be used to reimburse companies for their training costs.
The money is an incentive for current companies to hire more people or to attract new companies to the county. It's not usual for counties to take this approach.
"Historically, that's been more of a function of the state," said Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby. "I think the unique thing is that we are doing this at the local level and are targeting the certain manufacturing sites. We feel that's something that's really going to benefit Muskingum County."
The Port also wants to create a coalition between the city and county which will allow them to apply for a US Environmental Protection grant that will help target brownfields. These are properties that cold be reused but may be complicated by pollutants.
They could receive up to $600,000 to assess these properties.
"The application process will take some time then probably sometime next year we'll find out whether or not we were awarded the money," said Jacoby. "Then we formally need to hire the consultant."
In other port news the board has moved to purchase over five acres of land owned by 5bs at the Airport Industrial Park. The cost of the property is $15,000. It will be joined to land owned by the city and port to create space for a potential company.