“We very much appreciate the support of AEP Ohio for this project,” said Melissa Clark, Gallia County Economic and Community Development Director. “This project will support economic development efforts in Gallia County.”
The $500 grant will help the Gallia County Economic and Community Development Office develop a website that will help promote and market Gallia County.
The Economic Development Assistance Grant Program through AEP Ohio supports projects that promote the retention and attraction of manufacturing jobs and investment. Examples of acceptable programs and projects are: Retention and expansion surveys, site feasibility studies, retaining existing industries, attracting new industries, conducting special studies and performing research and other creative uses.
Grant projects must leverage additional funds from other sources, demonstrate joint participation from more than one group and provide benefits to an area or region, according to AEP Ohio program guidelines. The company awards grants of up to $5,000 for eligible projects.
“We are pleased to be able to provide financial support to help facilitate economic development projects that help bring jobs and prosperity to local communities,” AEP Ohio President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Hamrock said.
Since the grant program began in 2005, AEP Ohio has awarded 141 grants totaling $321,875 to support projects in communities and counties throughout its service territory.
AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries and is based in Gahanna, Ohio.