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Deed Transfer at Fox Commerce Park (FCP), St.Clairsville,OH

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August 19, 2009 - Sale of Fox Commerce Property

August 5, 2009 - DOD/CIC Participates in MCBI Business Plan Competition

July 21, 2009 - MCBI

July 17, 2009 - New Round of Ohio Historic Tax Credits

April 14, 2009 - Fox Commerce Award

December 4, 2008 - Leadership Announcement

RE : Belmont  County DOD/CIC Leadership Announcement
Contact: Sue Douglass, Executive Director (740-695-9678)
Date: December 4, 2008


The Belmont County Department of Development Community Improvement Corporation announces that Sue Douglass is now the Executive Director of the DOD /CIC, effective immediately. Douglass has been the Associate Director since January of 2008. She fills vacancies left by Eva Lunder and Jason Stanford.

“This is a wonderful extension of the opportunity to work with the CIC in meeting the challenges facing the economic development of Belmont County “, said Douglass. Terry Lee, President of the DOD/CIC made the official announcement on behalf of the CIC Board of Trustees. “We continue to have faith in Sue’s ability to be a leader in the county, moving it forward and working with the CIC “.

The DOD /CIC has been in existence since 1964 as a non-profit organization dedicated to leading the economic development of Belmont County. One of its primary functions is as the legal land agent for the Fox Commerce Park business sites. To date, that 125 acre industrial park has 7 operating businesses, with approximately 180 jobs.

In addition to managing FCP development, the DOD/CIC continues to be a prime point of contact for all business development in the county. The office is the facilitator for commercial activity and serves any size or type of business. It provides connections to a variety of private and public resources who offer a wide-range of options and services.

“We strive to be of assistance to any size of business operator. One major function we have is to provide information and professional assistance for anyone wishing to start, expand, or modify a business. Our list of contacts is extensive, as is our network of people and places for our clients to get the help they require”, explained Douglass. She emphasizes those services apply to keeping current and established business healthy and viable, especially in these difficult times. “While we are always alert to new and incoming business ventures, there is no way we want to neglect the established businesses. Very often these are the backbone of our economy”.

The DOD/CIC Board approved a positive and energetic preliminary plan for the 2009 year economic development.  Specific items and plans will be announced as they are finalized.

January 2008

Sue Douglass, a Belmont County native, was named to the position, according to an announcement by Terry Lee, board president. Lee said Douglass has been hired to fill the role of associate director due to the resignation of Jason Stanford, former assistant director. He is leaving the area for a new position in the state.

Douglass will begin her duties immediately. The DOD/CIC has enlisted the assistance of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association. Donald R. Myers, former director of the Belmont County Department of Development, is the executive director of OMEGA.

Douglass earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Ohio University and a master of science degree in administration from the University of Dayton. She was a teacher at St. Joseph Central, Wolfhurst, and at Union Local Elementary School, Morristown.

The new associate director was instrumental in obtaining grant funding for the rehabilitation of the historic1828 Blaine Bridge. She was on the steering committee for Greater Ohio, a statewide economic growth initiative, and was an officer and member of the Ohio National Road Association.

Douglass also is the founder and director of the Eastern Ohio Leadership Council, a nonprofit nonpartisan local group focusing on leadership models and building community connections.

A native of Blaine, Douglass has received many honors, and among them is the coveted the Liberty Bell Award which she received from the Belmont County Bar Association.

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