Gallia County Economic Development Receives 2018 AEP Ohio LEAP Grant

Gallia County Economic Development Receives 2018 AEP Ohio LEAP Grant

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) recently announced Gallia County Economic Development as one of fifteen economic development organizations across Ohio awarded a Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) grant.  Awarded annually since 2005, AEP Ohio’s LEAP grants provide funding to help local communities grow with a focus on retaining and expanding manufacturing jobs.  

“By investing in new workforce and economic development programs locally, we hope to spur job creation and opportunities for the communities we serve,” said Tim Wells, manager of economic and business development for AEP Ohio.” 

Gallia County Economic Development will utilize the LEAP funds to implement the use of a customer relationship management (CRM) program, designed especially for economic development users.  The database and communications tool will assist to facilitate business retention and attraction efforts creating a more efficient and effective way of communicating, partnering, and achieving economic success in Gallia County.  

The following 15 local economic development organizations will receive a LEAP grant in 2018.

1. Athens County Economic Development Council, maker space ($5,000)

2. Defiance Economic Development Office, industrial site work ($5,000)

3. Fairfield 33 Development Alliance, engineering and technology camp ($9,670)

4. Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development, manufacturing site prep ($10,000)

5. Gallia Count Economic Development, two years of client management database ($4,660)

6. Grow Licking County CIC, multimedia campaign ($10,000)

7. Kent State Tuscarawas, advance manufacturing equipment ($10,000)

8. Knox County Area Development, CNC lathe for business incubator ($16,250)

9. Lancaster Port Authority, manufacturing site prep ($2,050)

10. Lawrence County Economic Development, site marketing ($10,000)

11. McComb Economic Development, site prep ($8,500)

12. City of Pataskala, land use plan for industrial park ($10,000)

13. Paulding County Economic Development, engineering surveys ($10,000)

14. Van Wert County Economic Development, economic development website ($5,000)

15. Wyandot County Office of Economic Development, multimedia campaign ($5,900)

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About AEP Ohio 

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power, AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at 

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power,  Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. 

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