A fast-acting economic development group just opened for business to help four Scioto Valley counties.
The "Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio" opened for business in a news conference on the outskirts of the former Atomic Plant near Piketon.
JEDISO covers the counties most affected by the "A-Plant" - Ross, Pike, Scioto, and Jackson. It combines the power of existing groups, like the Chillicothe-based "Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio" that Chris Manegold heads up.
But Manegold says JEDISO is streamlined so it can act quickly, with only a two-and-a-half page informal agreement.
He spoke for the group at the OSU Endeavor Center near Piketon. He pointed out the regional impact of employment by mentioning that both the Mills Pride and DHL closings involved more than 300 Ross County addresses...each. So, one emphasis of JEDISO is "no county lines."
Manegold said Fluor-B&W, the company decommissioning and decontaminating the former A-Plant, has made a $126,000 grant to help get JEDISO going.
Their plan says it may be 10 to 15 years for that more than 3,700 acre property to be available for private enterprise...so this will prime the pump for that opportunity.
JEDISO's website is not up yet, but you can contact the counties' development offices for more information.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils