Blog category: State News

Driving Growth and Investment

July 19, 2021 / American Electric Power

Many communities have struggled with the prospect of ongoing economic uncertainty during the pandemic. Local businesses have shuttered, creating a need for more jobs and opportunities for residents. Throughout the pandemic, we have doubled down on efforts to create opportunities for businesses and communities across our service footprint. And now more than ever, our work…

Vanater appointed to WV Governor’s Workforce Development Board

March 25, 2021 / American Electric Power

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has appointed Heather Vanater, AEP-Appalachian Power economic and business development manager, to the West Virginia Workforce Development Board. The Workforce Development Board assists in the development of a state plan to enhance the state’s workforce development system, align and improve workforce programs and investments and promote economic growth. “Heather is…

Czelusniak Named Economic & Business Development Manager

March 23, 2021 / American Electric Power

AEP has named Whitney Czelusniak manager – Economic & Business Development for its Virginia and Tennessee area, effective March 22, 2021. In this role, based in Roanoke, VA, Whitney will promote the AEP-Appalachian Power region to new customers, assist our growing existing customers, and assist our external economic development partners to achieve their goals. Whitney…

Why Site Selectors Love SW Michigan’s Medtech Hub

November 23, 2020 / Shelley Klug

When site selection pros think of the auto industry, one city comes to mind instantly. But Detroit isn’t the only manufacturing hub in Michigan, where people take pride in fixing things and creating solutions. The Southwest corner of the state, near the Indiana border, is home to one of the country’s fastest-growing regions for medical…

Site Selection & Utility Economic Development Incentives: Here’s What You Need to Know

September 23, 2020 / Ashley Savieo, CEcD

Once you’ve narrowed your site search geographically and identified prospective properties that meet your needs, you may look for differentiators to help narrow your options further. Depending on your project, incentives could be the deal-maker or the deal-breaker. I’ve helped dozens of new and expanding companies explore and secure our Economic Development Rider (EDR) in…

Three Sites in Arkansas Receive AEP Quality Sites Designation

May 21, 2018 / Eric Basinger

Three sites in southwest Arkansas have earned the Quality Sites designation for project readiness. AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) finalized the designation with local partners. The AEP Quality Sites program intends to make sites more competitive for projects considering a location within AEP-served communities. The AEP Quality Sites program ensures a site has…

Italian Company Chooses AEP-Owned River Rail Site for $360M Investment

April 9, 2018 / Janet Smith

Sofidel, an Italy-based paper tissue manufacturer, held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 16, 2018 for its integrated paper production plant in Inola, Oklahoma. The project, which will locate in the AEP-owned Inola River Rail Industrial Park, includes the construction of a 1.8-million square foot plant that will support 300 jobs. The company investing $360 million…

Kentucky Power Again Plays Role in Bringing Jobs to the Region

December 27, 2017 / Mark James, CEcD

A few years ago our CEO challenged our team to see what we might do to help part of the territory we serve in Appalachia that has been so impacted by the change in our energy industry. Take a few minutes and read the article our Corporate Communications team wrote about the success in Eastern…

Utility Incentives Drive Economic Development

October 13, 2017 / Ashley Savieo, CEcD

Working with a utility partner on your site selection process provides numerous benefits — a knowledgeable economic development team, local insights and partnerships, and, of course, energy expertise. Many large electric utilities also offer incentives to their clients. Incentives offered by electric utilities, which are sometimes referred to as riders, typically offer 2 to 5…

Campbell Soup Selects AEP Certified Site in Findlay, Ohio

June 22, 2017 / admin@adept

Campbell Soup Supply Company will construct a new distribution center in Findlay, Ohio on one of AEP Ohio’s Certified Food & Beverage Sites—the Midwest I-75 Logistics Park. Campbell Soup has begun site preparation for their 741,000-square-foot distribution center. When the center opens in the summer of 2018, it will employ 160 people and ship Campbell…