SeOPA worked hand in hand with the City of Marietta/Marietta Main Street in the draft and planning of their downtown development plan. SeOPA also took a more active role in the Belpre Chamber Economic Development Committee's efforts to build a better Belpre. The Port Authority also worked closely with developers on managing utility infrastructure and natural gas supply.
Prepared and executed State Route 821 TIF (Tax Increment Financing) parcels for the construction of Ohio Department of Transportation mandated turn-lane and utility expansion at the Broughton Commercial Properties site. Assisted in project management and construction of safety turn lane at Solvay Marietta Plant.
SeOPA announced that Grae-Con Construction has signed a five year lease on the Port Authority's Ingenuity Center. The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority was awarded a $5,000 Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) grant by AEP Ohio.
SeOPA received $45,500 from Local Government Efficiency Program (LGEP) Grant for continuous improvement projects. There were 78 interns placed through Third Frontier Grant. It ended June 2015 with 17 retained for full or part-time employment. Long Range planning committee creates SEOPA Strategic Plan. SeOPA received Clean Ohio Assistance Grant to conduct a Phase II environmental study on the Two Rivers development property on Green Street in Marietta. Completion 2nd Qtr 2015.
Finished construction of a 35,000 ft2 speculative building on North Rt. 7 named the Ingenuity Center (currently being leased by GraeCon Inc.) SeOPA & APEG assisted Tri-County Sewer and Water with incentives for the construction of a new sewer line from the Waterford Tank facility to the Village of Beverly in Waterford Township to support expansion at Waterford Tank. Marietta Health System to market $60 million in Bond Funding received thru SeOPA to facilitate additional renovations and expansions for Marietta and Belpre locations. Facilitated purchase of U.S. Army Reserve Center at Reno through a public/private partnership. Received Bridge Grant for $45,000 to supplement FY13-143rd Frontier Internship Grant for additional 15 interns. For FY13-14, placed 72 interns for a total of $216,000.
SeOPA is working with the City of Belpre on the Rt. 7 Sewer Project to provide sewer connectivity for businesses along St. Rt. 7 from Blue Knob Road to Belpre. SeOPA & GSA in negotiations for purchase of U.S. Army Reserve Center on Rt. 7N in Reno. June 2013 awarded $192,000 for FY13-14 3rd Frontier Internship Grant to serve 64 interns in a ten county area. Marietta Health System completed Phase I, II and III of Belpre campus, supported by OPWC/ARC funds for access improvement. Phase IV to be complete early 2014.
SeOPA continues to work with CSX, JobsOhio and local business entities to facilitate Rail to Ohio River connectivity in the County. SeOPA secured $11.3 million in state loan and bond funds to construct the Good River Distribution, LLC water plant to serve 5 Riverview Complex industries to retain 500 jobs. Assisted Memorial Health System in refinancing $100M of existing debt and $48M for building projects and expansion. Sold ODNR Tree Farm–-20 jobs. Increased jobs. Meetings Schedule