AEP Ohio: Helping Communities LEAP

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 funding to advance their communities.

Crawford County has used the funds they have received through LEAP to create the Workforce Awareness for Graduates and Educators (WAGE) program that supports career opportunities in manufacturing and ultimately encourages more high school students in the county to pursue careers in manufacturing. Learn more by watching this short YouTube video on Crawford County

In Gallia County, they have used the LEAP grant to attract new investments to get an edge on other communities trying to attract the same companies and projects. They used the 2016 grant for drone videography to help market not only available sites, but also their community. Learn more by watching this short YouTube video on Gallia County

In Jackson County, they understand you have to be on the cutting edge of technology to recruit new business to the area. That is why they are using the LEAP grant to reconstruct their website. The economic development dashboard they are developing will have all the value added information needed to attract new business to their community. Learn more by watching this short YouTube video on Jackson County

Rural communities that are progressive and want to grow, like Wyandot County, are doing well because of the assets they have. The LEAP grant has been used in Wyandot County to carry out a business retention and expansion program that helps create and retain jobs and additional investment in Wyandot County. Learn more by watching this short YouTube video on Wyandot County

AEP Ohio is proud to partner with our communities via our ongoing LEAP grants and other programs. Please contact me if you are an AEP Ohio local economic development partner and are interested in learning more.

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