WCOED Awarded $8,000 Grant from AEP Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 28, 2017 — Wyandot County Office of Economic Development has been awarded an $8,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

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AEP Ohio External Affairs Manager Randy Payne presents the LEAP grant award to WCOED Executive Director Greg Moon

AEP Ohio awarded the grant to Wyandot County Office of Economic Development through their Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides funding to help local communities grow with a focus on retention and expansion of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, AEP Ohio is directing dollars back into the communities they serve to invest in their growth.

The Wyandot County Office of Economic Development (WCOED) is planning to partner with its neighboring peer, The Crawford County Partnership for Education and Economic Development, in an effort to establish a multi-county workforce development system that will involve many integral entities in both counties. WCOED plans to use the grant dollars in this workforce development effort as a way to connect the key players surrounding this issue in its communities by establishing ongoing communication between local businesses and educational institutions.

“Implementation of the new workforce development initiative, to be branded ‘Community Opportunity’, would not have been possible without the aid of the AEP Ohio LEAP Grant funding,” explained WCOED Executive Director Greg Moon. “A comprehensive workforce development effort of this magnitude will include many community partners, and our partners from AEP Ohio were among the first to step to the table. The WCOED would like to thank AEP Ohio for being an ongoing supporter of our local economic development efforts.”

Wyandot County Office of Economic Development was one of 21 local economic development organizations to receive a LEAP grant in 2017.

“AEP Ohio is proud to partner with our communities through our ongoing LEAP grants,” said Tim Wells, manager of economic and business development for AEP Ohio. “Our goal is to help the communities we serve thrive.”

Source: AEP Ohio Media Relations, 866-641-1151, aepohiomediarelations@aep.com