By Frank Lewis
Portsmouth was recently named as one of 50 quarter-finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition.
The top three winners of the competition will receive $1- $2- and $3 million respectively to assist with their economic revitalization efforts. This phase of the competition includes a number of requirements, including that the community must develop and finalize its revitalization plan and obtain $15,000 in matching funds from within the local area.
As a part of that effort Centrus Energy Corp. recently provided a $2,500 investment to the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA). SOPA serves as the economic development office for Scioto County and is working to market the region’s assets to attract new business, retain and grow existing businesses and develop shovel-ready sites and buildings.
“We are pleased to support the Port Authority as it works to create a strategic plan to increase use and access to Portsmouth’s riverfront area,” Jim Lewis, general manager at Centrus’ American Centrifuge Plant, said. “This is an important step in developing the riverfront for recreational, commercial and industrial purposes and to help SOPA qualify for additional grant funding that will assist their efforts to attract more industry and jobs to the local area.”
Lewis said the Centrus donation helps SOPA in its goal to raise the matching funds, which could help the community win $100,000 to implement the revitalization plan if it places in the top eight nominees.
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