Opportunity Zones Frequently Asked Questions……and where our zone is?

Q. What is an Opportunity Zone? A. An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. […]

Interested in taking some of your industry experience to Africa to assist developing nations?

The Appalachian Regional Commission is sponsoring a trade mission to South Africa early next year, and they need businesses like yours to help them achieve their mission. The goal of the program is to assist developing nations and entrepreneurs in developing the necessary skills to grow their operations and give first hand business experience to […]

Thank You!

We had a great night last evening, we hope all of you who attended did so as well. Lots of positives were discussed and possible avenues forward were suggested. We are grateful so many took interest in the content and we are eager to serve our communities best interests and doing so with a common […]

Welcome Dr. Ruud to the Port Authority Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Dr. William N. Ruud the President of Marietta College was officially appointed to the board of directors of the Port Authority. Dr. Ruud brings a wealth of experience serving on administrative boards as well as an extensive business acumen. As the Port seeks to define a future where it […]

Learning from Belmont County in the PTT/Daelim effort

Belmont County pledges $60.5 million to water and sewer infrastructure ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The federal government announced Friday a $60.5 million investment to modernize and improve Belmont County’s water system. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the investment represents the single-largest monetary obligation in Ohio Rural Development History. County, state and federal officials made […]

What are Land Banks and why do we care?

Land banks are governmental entities or nonprofit corporations that are focused on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties into productive use. Vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties are often grouped together as “problem properties” because they destabilize neighborhoods, create fire and safety hazards, drive down property values, and drain local tax dollars. In […]