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5:15 p.m.: Business sought to represent Jefferson County

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August 16, 2011
By PAUL GIANNAMORE - Business editor ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO A Jefferson County business willing to represent the county on the new Ohio Appalachian Business Council can step forward to be the county's voice to the state on economic development initiatives.

Ed Looman, executive director of Progress Alliance, told the Community Improvement Corp. board of trustees Tuesday afternoon the Ohio Appalachian Business Council will represent 25 counties to the JobsOhio initiative, Gov. John Kasich's public-private economic development partnership. There are five councils across the state, with the Appalachian council, based in Nelsonville, to be the only solely rural one.

"There is a lot going on in Athens, with Ohio University and the innovation center there and more. We do not want to see it dominate the entire region. There are 25 counties. We need to get some representation," he said.

"It would be wise for us to consider someone from Jefferson County stepping forward and getting a seat on this council," he said.

To suggest a business leader or to learn more about seeking to be a part of the Ohio Appalachian Business Council for Jefferson County, contact Looman at (740) 283-2476.

He said it can be a representative of any business based, or "that has a footprint in" Jefferson County.

Looman explained that JobsOhio is continuing to roll out its operating model. A meeting will be held for the region in September to further explain operations of the economic development organization to local and regional economic developers.

He said it appears that any economic development initiative from Jefferson County would have to be run first through Nelsonville when seeking state assistance or incentives.

For more on Tuesday's CIC meeting and Progress Alliance Partners meeting, held at the Toronto city park, read Wednesday's print edition or visit

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