EAST LIVERPOOL - The city has received a $5,000 Local Economic Advancement Placement (LEAP) grant from AEP Ohio to help perform a citizen's skill set study.
The study is in preparation for new economic development in the downtown central business area.
"We appreciate the support of AEP Ohio for this project," Mayor Jim Swoger said. "This project will help to support the economic development already under way in East Liverpool."
The LEAP grants support projects that promote the retention and attraction of manufacturing jobs and investment. Examples of acceptable programs and projects are retention and expansion surveys, site feasibility studies, retaining existing industries, attracting new industries, conducting special studies, performing research and other creative uses.
Grant projects must leverage additional funds from other sources, demonstrate joint participation from more than one group and provide benefits to an area or region, according to AEP Ohio program guidelines.
The company awards grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects.
"We are pleased to be able to provide financial support to help facilitate economic development projects that help to bring jobs and prosperity to local communities," according to Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio president and CEO.
The company has offered the grants since 2005, having awarded 186 grants totaling $569,675 since then to support projects in communities and counties throughout AEP Ohio service territory.