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Ohio to use fed money to improve rural transit, broadband

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to use $6.8 million in federal grant money to update technology of rural transit agencies, and increase broadband Internet access in underserved areas.

The grant money awarded to the Transit Tech Ohio project will help rural transit systems throughout Ohio get new or upgraded hardware and software to allow them to schedule and dispatch vehicles more efficiently.

About 34 Ohio transit service areas, including the Lancaster Public Transit System and the Pickaway Area Rural Transit, will receive upgrades. Some agencies lack software and broadband access, while others have software and broadband but need upgrades or new equipment.

By upgrading technology, agencies that offer rides in rural areas can better share their routes and schedules and increase effectiveness, said ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning.

Some rural transit agencies run fixed routes on a schedule, while others may send transportation to a resident who calls to request a ride. The new…

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Candle-lite announces expansion in Leesburg

Candle-lite has announced a major expansion at its Leesburg facility.

Candle-lite has announced a major expansion at its Leesburg facility.

Candle-lite, a CL Products International LLC Company, announced today a major investment in the Leesburg production facility. The nearly $12 million investment will add new production equipment, make leasehold improvements at the facility, and includes 50 new full-time jobs at the operation over the next three years.

The project was announced at a gathering of company officials, community leaders, and economic development partners Thursday in Leesburg.

The new investment comes as Candle-lite celebrates the 175th anniversary in the industry. Candle-lite is the oldest candle company in the United States and makes all of its candles at the Leesburg facility.

“During our peak season, we employ over 600 people in our Leesburg facility,” said Calvin Johnston, CEO. “Our employees are the foundation…

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Ribbon cut on Carlisle reopening

A large crowd gathered for the grand opening of the Carlisle building Monday in downtown Chillicothe (Photo: Jess Grimm/Chillicothe Gazette)

A large crowd gathered for the grand opening of the Carlisle building Monday in downtown Chillicothe (Photo: Jess Grimm/Chillicothe Gazette)

CHILLICOTHE – Heavy gold scissors sliced through a bright Adena-blue ribbon Monday afternoon to celebrate the grand reopening of the Carlisle building.

Hundreds gathered at the corner of Main and Paint streets on Monday to hear from those who have been involved in the project and take advantage of an opportunity to tour the newly renovated building.

The building is now home to more than 30 resident medical student apartments and nearly 7,000 square feet of office space for the Adena Health Foundation and other community-facing personnel.

“It’s a big day for all of us. … It’s a big day for the whole community,” Mark Shuter, president and CEO…

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Program aims to boost wood products jobs in Appalachia

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The U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer joins Ohio University officials and area economic development leaders to announce a significant investment to accelerate business growth in the Appalachian Ohio region. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs partnered with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and Rural Action to do research on area economics and innovation. (Photo: Jillyann Burns/Ohio University)

Appalachian Ohio is being targeted for job creation through the wood products industry.

Exactly how many jobs is unknown, but the 32-county region is one of three around the nation that learned this week it will receive up to $2.5 million over five years from the Small Business Administration’s regional innovation clusters initiative.

Clusters are public-private partnerships that center around a particular industry in one region to drive economic development, according to Douglas Kramer, SBA’s deputy administrator. The clusters act…

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