Blog category: Community Development

AEP Ranks as a Top Utility for Site Selection Again in 2021

September 2, 2021 / Robb Watson

Site Selection magazine has named AEP a top utility for economic development in its 2021 ranking. The annual ranking is based on the company’s corporate project investment and job creation on a cumulative and per-capita basis. “Year after year, our team of economic development professionals create economic activity that provide opportunities for everyone,” said Tim…

Brownfield Revitalization Grant Creates Opportunity in Ohio

December 22, 2020 / Liberty Schindel

When Wellston, Ohio needed help to prepare a 112-year old industrial property for redevelopment, we stepped up. A $3,000 AEP Ohio site development grant helped the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership and the City of Wellston conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Those results helped the city qualify for Ohio’s brownfield revitalization program. McNally…

View COVID-19 Business Impacts in Real Time

June 23, 2020 / American Electric Power

“Living payroll to payroll.” That’s one takeaway about small businesses from a first-of-its-kind effort by economic development professionals to monitor the business and worker impacts of the pandemic. According to a dashboard hosted by Blane Canada Ltd, more than 70% of responding businesses have seen a negative impact on revenues. About 25% have closed operations,…

AEP Showcases 50 Featured Sites across 11 States to Reduce Risk and Increase Speed to Market

June 18, 2018 / Mark James, CEcD

Since 2012, AEPED has partnered with many of our local communities to identify sites with strong potential throughout our 11-state service territory and invest in preparing them for development. The resulting 50 sites have been reviewed, qualified or certified by best-in-class site selection and engineering consultants, and provide due diligence, minimized risk and improved speed…

Forum Showcases the Changing Role of Utilities and Illuminates how Economic Developers Can Lead the Way

August 11, 2017 / Robb Watson

Energy companies offer a range of services to support site selection within their service territories, and add value through specialized knowledge. This industry expertise is critical to recognizing the feasibility of a project, and what would be required to make it a reality. During the week of July 24th, 2017, the Utility Economic Development Association…

What Makes Good Communities Great?

April 17, 2017 / Amy Koscielak

That was the questioned posed and answered during two PSO-sponsored economic development forums held in February in Tulsa and Lawton. Led by veteran economic development and site selection professional, Jay Garner of Garner Economics, LLC, the forums provided economic development training for over one hundred city and county officials, economic development boards, and other PSO…

AEP Ohio: Helping Communities LEAP

March 3, 2017 / Tim Wells, CEcD

Since 2005, AEP Ohio’s Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) has provided grants to local economic development partners for creation and retention of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, we are directing dollars back into our communities to invest in their growth. We recently spotlighted a couple of Ohio counties to see how they are using their LEAP…

Town Inc: Grow Your Business. Save Your Town. Leave Your Legacy.

December 5, 2016 / Amy Koscielak

When it comes to growth, communities don’t have an economic development problem; they have a marketing problem. In the book Town Inc., Andrew Davis studied communities across the country and found that those with a strong and marketable story faired better than communities that didn’t. Town Inc. proposes a unique prescription for economic prosperity. Stake Your…

Appalachian Power awards $155,000 to fund economic development

November 29, 2016 / Robb Watson

Originally written by Teresa Hamilton Hall for Appalachian Power News Online ROANOKE, Va. – Projects in several Virginia and West Virginia counties and cities have been selected to share $155,000 in economic development grants from Appalachian Power. The awards announced last week are part of Appalachian Power’s efforts to promote economic growth in the company’s service…