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Grant Given to Ross County Water Company to Plan for Servicing Economic Developments

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth donated $13,750 for a Dynamic Water Study that will enable various scenarios for future development supplied by the Ross County Water Company.

Ross County — The public water supplier for rural Ross County will now be able to better plan to serve large developments.

After Wednesday’s “Annual Celebration Breakfast,” Greater Chillicothe and Ross County Development director Tammy Eallonardo told me that every time they asked Ross County Water if could supply a proposed large development, they said they didn’t have the data to predict if they could. So, she said she worked on a grant to allow the water company to do so.

From the news release:

The Ross County Water Company will soon have a new tool to help encourage business development thanks to a grant from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP).

FBP donated $13,750 to the Dynamic Water Study that will enable various scenarios for future development.

“This is an investment in the future of Ross County and the surrounding community,” said FBP President and CEO Greg Wilkett. “Being able to show companies the ability to support their needs instead of offer estimates is a significant bonus in trying to land new investments and create job growth in southern Ohio”

The Ross County Water Company provides residential and commercial water service to nearly 14,000 customers in rural areas of Ross, Pike, Vinton, Hocking, Pickaway, and Jackson counties.

“This tool will allow us to predict capacities and future infrastructure build-out to support the needs of Ross County industry,” states Tammy Eallonardo, Director of Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development. “We are transitioning from a reactive to proactive form of development – planning for our future!”

Front from left: FBP President and CEO Greg Wilkett and Ross County Water General Manager Justin Langolf. Back row from left: Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio’s (JEDISO) Daphne Mosley, Tiffany Lemaster, Sam Brady, Tammy Eallonardo, and FBP’s Community Commitment Fund Chair Tim Poe and FBP’s CFO and Finance Director Heather Cate.

This is part of a series of grants by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth in the area announced this month, including one to help redevelop the canal warehouse at the northeast corner of Main and Mulberry in Chillicothe into “Preservation Hall.”

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) “is comprised of more than 2,000 workers dedicated to the safe environmental cleanup of the Portsmouth site [including the former Gaseous Diffusion Plant] to prepare the land for reindustrialization.

“Our mission is to safely decontaminate and decommission the Portsmouth Site while partnering with the community to create a sustainable economic future for the region.”


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