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Port Authority discusses action plan

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 08:53 PM EST

By Jon Rudder

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - After the turn of the New Year, many city and county officials are back to work setting their goals for 2014. NEWS9 caught up with the Jefferson County Port Authority to find out its plans for the new year with a new director in place. 

The Port Authority has outlined an action plan, which it hopes to use as a guide and measuring stick for what it wants to accomplish.

"We have some great assets to market in this county in the area of industrial development," executive director Evan Scurti said.

Scurti was brought on as the director of economic development for the Port Authority at the end of 2013. He said that economic development can be defined in a number of ways, and he wants to leave no stone unturned.

"We want to have the plans and the tools in place to attract business right away," Scurti said. "Everything from workforce development to infrastructure to incentive development that might attract a business."

The action plan that Scurti has laid out will be take them through the end of the year -- the first step is meeting with communities and businesses to talk about what the Port Authority could do.

"This is definitely a collaborative process. You're not going to achieve economic growth in a vacuum," Scurti said. "You have to work hand-in-hand with the local communities in Jefferson County."

Scurti wants to see businesses make use of properties that are unused in the industrial park itself. He also added that other locations -- particularly those along the river -- have an added value because of their proximity to vital shipping methods.

"They would be critical for a niche segment of the economy that's looking for multimodal transportation options," Scurti said. "River, rail highway systems, those are all available at those former mill sites."

Port Authority discusses action plan

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