ZANESVILLE, Ohio – 2020 has officially arrived and as the community embarks upon a new decade, officials say economic development is on the right track in Muskingum County. Matt Abbott, Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority, reports that 2019 was a particularly strong year for business growth locally—including substantial gains in capital investments and job creation.
“2019 turned out to be a very solid year for economic development in Muskingum County and in the City of Zanesville. Looking back at some of the data we have seen over 360 million dollars in capital investment—over 740 new jobs created, some have been created currently; others will be created over the next 3 year time period. We also saw the average wage in the county increase by 4.7 percent.”
In addition to economic growth tracked in 2019, multiple local businesses completed expansion plans throughout the Muskingum County area.
“It’s always exciting to see some expansions of some existing companies here; and we saw them expand very significantly in 2019. Dollar General had an expansion project at the Eastpointe Business Park; 5 B’s expanded at the Airport Business Park; Phillip’s Meat Processing expanded at their location in Springfield Township. So, anytime we see existing companies expand as well as being able to recruit new companies to come in I think that’s just a recipe for success.”
The Port Authority anticipates a busy 2020 and plans to continue work on active projects—including infrastructure and the National Road Business Park.