COLUMBUS - The Area Development Foundation of Knox County has been awarded a $10,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power.
AEP Ohio awarded the grant to the Area Development Fund of Knox County through their Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides funding to help local communities grow with a focus on retention and expansion of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, AEP Ohio is directing dollars back into the communities they serve to invest in their growth.
The Area Development Fund of Knox County will use the grant money to help pay for a comprehensive economic development plan for Knox County. The project is expected to be completed over the next nine months.
Left to right Darrell Severns, Knox County Regional Planning Commission director; Paul Prater, AEP; Jeff Harris Area Development Fund Executive Director at Monday's check presentation in Mount Vernon - KP photo by Marty Trese
“The award of grant funding from AEP OH’s LEAP initiative will directly assist the Foundation and its partner, the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, in completing the 2017 update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan.” Said Jeff Harris Executive Director of Area Development Foundation of Knox County. “This critical document, used by townships, villages and the City of Mount Vernon to guide zoning and planning efforts, will be written with input from the community towards a vision of how we’ll develop in 20 years. The LEAP award will offset the costs of reaching out to the public for their feedback and ideas.”
Area Development Fund of Knox County was one of 21 local economic development organizations to receive a LEAP grant in 2017.
“AEP Ohio is proud to partner with our communities through our ongoing LEAP grants,” said Tim Wells, manager of economic and business development for AEP Ohio. “Our goal is to help the communities we serve thrive.”