With the help of both the city and county, Eastpointe is getting a new face lift.
Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority Executive Director Mike Jacoby says both parties have agreed to set aside some of their JEDD income tax that they share from the business park to get the repairs done. In doing this, they will each set aside 50,000 dollars a year for 8 years. Jacoby adds Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis made a big impact on helping with the project.
The Muskingum County Port Authority is working on ways to generate revenue.
Executive Director Mike Jacoby said their biggest issue has been the downturn in the commercial real estate market. He said they had a good year in 2007 because they sold a lot of land, but they haven't seen much activity since.
"We've had a long period of investment and now we've not had since 2007 not had any land sales and that's a big part of our revenue," he said.
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,...
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.