For the good of the community, we are seeking
to grow the Muskingum Growth Partnership because economic development
is as important now as it has ever been.
We invite you to join our other
investors since we know you share an interest in supporting programs
that will lead to a growing economy and thriving marketplace for
your firms and for the people of the Muskingum County.
investors know their participation is
important to our collective future. They know the role holds
little direct reward or recognition for them personally and that the
return on their company’s investment is generally long term. In
short, MGP investors embody the ideal of thoughtful and farsighted
We hope you
will strongly consider joining us. It is a worthwhile investment
that will provide returns to both your organization and the
community for years to come.
To join MGP,
here is an investor
agreement for your use. You may also contact Tom Poorman at the
Chamber of Commerce at 740-455-8282 or
for this campaign is 50 investors. Our plan is to achieve that
level by year end of 2012. However, we will pursue the goal
until it is achieved since that is the level of involvement,
leadership, and funding we believe is needed to continue and even
accelerate the rate of positive economic growth in Muskingum County.
50 investors should provide
a pool of at least $100,000 annually with which to aggressively
market the community, retain local businesses, support our business
incubator and smaller enterprises, and encourage downtown
would be budgeted in a plan approved by the investors, employed in concert with the Port
Authority, and specifically reserved for direct economic development
activities. MGP resources are not used as general operating
More specifically, those activities would be:
National and regional advertising via business journals,
professional journals, signage, and websites/emails all targeted
at specific industries to be identified jointly by the staff,
local officials and the investors.
show attendance and display equipment, matching and supporting
the advertising to targets discussed above.
Familiarization tours for developers and site selection
consultants, which bring them to our community to see first hand
hand the successes and opportunities.
quality support materials and tools such as brochures, direct
mailers telling our success stories, web sites, and site
Retention & Expansion
Information services, such as publications, newsletters, and
reports to help keep local firms informed about growth
opportunities like exporting and other new markets, and
assistance programs such as tax credits and incentives.
Training and education in the form of seminars and publications
on timely topics to help local firms stay competitive.
Surveys and studies to systematically identify barriers and
challenges - and solutions -to local firms' stability and
Recognition programs to celebrate the growth and accomplishments
of area businesses.
Support for the Muskingum County Business Incubator, which
serves as one-stop-shop for small business counseling,
referrals, and direct assistance to targted businesses.