Incentives & Financing

Economic Development Incentive Programs

Economic development incentives from a state, regional, and local level are available to assist with business expansion, job creation, and capital investment in Gallia County.

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JobsOhio Economic Development Grant

The JobsOhio Economic Development Grant promotes economic development, business expansion, and job creation by providing funding for eligible projects throughout the state. Grant decisions are based on several project factors, including but not limited to job creation, additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, project return on investment, and project location. Learn more

JobsOhio Workforce Grant

The JobsOhio Workforce Grant provides funding for the improvement of worker skills and abilities in the state of Ohio. Grant decisions are based on several project factors including but not limited to job creation, additional payroll, fixed-asset investment commitment, project return on investment, and project location. Learn more

JobsOhio Research & Development Center Grant 

The JobsOhio Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant Program was created to facilitate new strategic corporate R&D centers in Ohio. Such R&D Centers will support the development and commercialization of emerging technologies and/or products that align with one or more of JobsOhio’s targeted industries. Learn more

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant 

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant provides financial support for eligible projects in distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations like minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities across the state.

Grant decisions are based on several project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is intended for small to medium-sized companies with annual revenues of up to $25 million. Learn more

JobsOhio Vibrant Community Program

The Vibrant Community Program recognizes that distressed communities may not have adequate resources to develop and implement economic development projects that can attract private investment and create new jobs. The program was established to assist distressed small and medium sized communities with the implementation of catalytic development projects that fulfill a market need and represent a significant reinvestment in areas that have struggled to attract new investment. Learn more

Roadwork Development (629) Funds


The Roadwork Development (629) Funds are available for public roadway improvements, including engineering and design costs.  Funds are accessible for projects that create or retain jobs and primarily involve manufacturing, technology, research and development, corporate headquarters and distribution activity.  Grants are provided to local jurisdiction and require local participation.  They can be used to reimburse accumulated costs. Learn more

Other Grant Resources

Low-Interest & Working Capital Loans

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) Revolving Loan Fund

OVRDC offers assistance to businesses looking to expand or start up in our region through our gap funding program. If your business meets the following criteria, we may be able to help with low interest financing:

  • You own a private-for-profit business in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, or Vinton County or plan to start a new one
  • Your project would create or retain jobs
  • You have a bank or private lending company loan approval but they are not willing to do the entire project and you must find GAP financing.

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Ohio Micro-Loan Program

This loan program is designed to stimulate the growth of new and existing businesses by providing micro-loans at 0% interest. The minimum loan amount is $10,000 to a maximum of $45,000. Loans will be repaid within five years for permanent working capital and seven years for equipment. The business must have its principal place of business and its business operations located in Ohio. Learn more

Women's Business Enterprise Loan Program

This loan program is designed to stimulate the growth of existing women-owned businesses by providing loans at market rate or below market rate interest (currently up to 3%). The minimum loan amount is $45,000 up to a maximum of $500,000. Loans will be repaid within 10 years for equipment and machinery and 15 years for owner-occupied real estate. The business must have its principal place of business and its business operations located in Ohio. Learn more

Appalachian Growth Capital

Funding growth can be a challenge for businesses but AGC understands that supporting businesses creates jobs and strengthens communities by growing the local economy. AGC’s flexible terms helps businesses who have a hard time qualifying for conventional lending. And, we help coordinate your loan needs by connecting you with other possible partners including peer CDFIs, banks, and non-traditional lenders. Learn more

JobsOhio Growth Fund

The JobsOhio Growth Fund provides capital for expansion projects to companies that have limited access to funding from conventional, private sources of financing. JobsOhio will consider loans to companies that are in the growth, established or expansion stage and that have generated revenue through a proven business plan. Learn more

Research and Development Investment Loan Fund

The Research and Development Investment Loan Fund provides loan financing ranging from $500,000 to $5 million for projects primarily engaging in R&D activity.  The loans have fixed rates (at or below market rates) and other loan terms similar to those of commercial bank financing.  Companies receive a dollar-for-dollar, nonrefundable Ohio commercial activity tax credit for principal and interest payments made during the year up to $150,000 during the loan term. Learn more

166 Direct Loan

The 166 Direct Loan gives eligible businesses loans for land and building acquisition, construction, expansion or renovation, and equipment purchases.   The program provides low-interest loans up to 40 percent of the cost, not to exceed $1.5 million. Learn more

Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund

The Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund offers revenue bond financing through an S&P-rated fund, whereby proceeds from the sale of bonds are loaned to companies for fixed-rate, long-term capital asset financing. Rates are market-driven and fixed prior to funding.  Loan terms range from seven to 10 years for equipment and 15 to 20 years for real estate.  Up to $10 million in financing is available through the program. Learn more

Innovation Ohio Loan Fund

The Innovation Ohio Loan Fund provides loans for acquisition, construction and related capital costs of technology, facilities and equipment purchases.  The fund was created to help Ohio companies develop next-generation products and services within the state’s key industry sectors.  Loans range from $500,000 to $1.5 million and can cover up to 75 percent of the project cost. Learn more

Tax Credits & Abatements

Gallia County Enterprise Zone

The Ohio Enterprise Zone Program provides real property tax incentives for non-retail businesses that expand or relocate in Ohio. Businesses must apply to the local community to begin the process of applying for an Enterprise Zone agreement. Certain qualifying businesses may be eligible for additional benefits. The map below shows Gallia County’s existing Enterprise Zone, which encompasses the Dan Evans Industrial Park, more than half the US-35 corridor in the County, and the entire City of Gallipolis Learn more

City of Gallipolis Job Creation Incentive

The City of Gallipolis’ Job Creation Incentive Program is to encourage economic growth through business retention and/or expansion efforts and new business recruitment in the City of Gallipolis. 

For approved projects, the City of Gallipolis shall provide a yearly payment to an enterprise up to 50% of employee’s 1% income tax withholdings that are paid to the City of Gallipolis. Learn more

Gallia County Community Reinvestment Areas

The Community Reinvestment Areas provide companies locating in a designated Community Reinvestment Area an exemption of up to 100 percent of improvement value for up to 15 years on real property taxes. To be eligible, a company must make an agreement with the local community prior to going forward with the qualifying project. Learn more

Gallia County Opportunity Zone

The Opportunity Zone program was established as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The Opportunity Zones program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into designated Opportunity Zones. Census Tract: 39053953600 in Gallia County, OH has been selected as a Certified Opportunity Zone. Learn more

Job Creation Tax Credit

The Job Creation Tax Credit is a refundable and performance-based tax credit calculated as a percent of created payroll and applied toward the company’s commercial activity tax liability.  Should the amount of the credit exceed the company’s commercial activity tax liability for any given year, the difference is refunded.  Companies creating at least 10 jobs (within three years) with a minimum annual payroll of $660,000 and that pay at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage are eligible for the credit; however, they must apply for the credit before committing to a project.  The Ohio Tax Credit Authority must approve applicants before hiring begins. Learn more

Data Center Tax Abatement

The Data Center Tax Abatement provides a sales-tax exemption rate and term that allow for partial or full sales tax exemption on the purchase of eligible data center equipment.  Projects must meet minimum investment and payroll thresholds to be eligible. Final approval of the tax exemption is contingent upon the approval of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. Learn more

Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

Whether it’s a movie, documentary, videogame or commercial, the production can take place here in Ohio. A variety of productions are occurring all across the state of Ohio, thanks in part to the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit administered by the Ohio Department of Development. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit of 30 percent on production cast and crew wages plus other eligible in-state spending. Learn more

Workforce Development


TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

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JobsOhio Talent Acquisition Services

From employer brand building and attraction to screening and training, the Talent Acquisition Services program provides a customized approach based on the company’s needs. The goal is to build and execute a talent plan alongside the company’s existing recruiting efforts to help solve their biggest talent challenges. This program isn’t a grant or a loan, but rather a professional service offered by JobsOhio. Learn more

Industry Sector Partnership Grant

The State of Ohio is investing in a strong workforce to fill in-demand jobs and continues to diversify and grow a high quality, dynamic workforce. The state offers funding and support to local communities interested in starting or accelerating an industry sector partnership. Industry sector partnerships design and implement workforce strategies for specific sectors and individual regions. Learn more

OhioMeansJobs - Gallia County

OhioMeansJobs’ powerful all-in-one website is a great place to place job posting within a geographical area and find resources for your next hire. Each county in Ohio has an OhioMeansJobs office, each of which knows their community’s workforce challenges and opportunities. Learn more

Foreign Trade Zone #138

Partnering with FTZ #138

A Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ or zone) is a site within the United States that is legally considered outside of customs territory, allowing goods to be brought in without formal customs entry.

Because foreign merchandise admitted into a FTZ is considered still to be in international commerce, it may be:

  • Stored or exhibited

  • Repackaged, relabeled or broken into smaller lots

  • Mixed, manipulated or used in a manufacturing or value-added process

  • Transferred into another FTZ with no liability until it leaves the FTZ 

The FTZ allows users to:

  • Reduce, eliminate or defer Customs duties

  • Avoid “duty drawback” on re-exported or scrapped merchandise

  • Increase logistics flexibility

  • Move merchandise directly to the factory or warehouse with no clearance delay

  • File Customs entry paperwork weekly rather than on each container.

Gallia County companies can partner with FTZ #138 for obtaining FTZ designation. For more information about FTZ #138, visit 

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