Muskingum County


History

Muskingum County is located about 50 miles east of Columbus. The name Muskingum comes from an old Delaware Indian word meaning "a town by the river".

Zanesville was the state capital of Ohio from 1810 to 1812 and is now the Muskingum county seat. One of the historical landmarks is the Y-Bridge, which crosses the Muskingum and Licking Rivers at their confluence.

Business Opportunities

Muskingum County benefits from Interstate 70, which passes through the center of the county. Businesses also have access to rail service provided by four rail carriers. Zanesville Municipal Airport is a class-1 regional airport and features two 5,000-foot runways. There are three publicly owned industrial parks, which are all fully served by utilities. Each of the parks is within three miles of an Interstate 70 interchange, one is adjacent to the airport and another features a rail transfer facility. Muskingum County is one of the most populated Ohio Appalachian counties, and its transportation system provides great access to available workers from surrounding counties like Guernsey, Morgan, Coshocton, Noble and Perry. The county is also situated just 45 minutes from downtown Columbus and Port Columbus International Airport with access via Interstate 70.
Business Growth
Business continues to expand in Muskingum County. Last year alone, there was a $10 million investment in downtown Zanesville. Currently, there is a need for companies to provide Information Technology (IT) services to non-IT core companies, such as manufacturers, distributors, and governmental and educational agencies.

Major Employers
The Longaberger Company
Genesis HealthCare System
AutoZone Distribution Center
Lear Corporation
5B's Incorporated
Owens Illinois / Owens Brockway
New Bakery Company of Ohio / Wendy's Intl.
AK Steel
Muskingum College
Muskingum County Government
Zanesville City Board of Education

Business Potential
Businesses consider the area a prime location because of direct interstate, rail and air access. The county has a strong workforce that is well trained, with nearly 18,000 students enrolled in Muskingum County's public and private schools. Access to quality healthcare in the county, as well as a pro-business attitude, plays a role in its attractiveness to companies. Muskingum County also has three prime development sites for large manufacturing and distribution facilities. To speed along the development process, Muskingum County has established a state-certified building code department.

Educational Resources
Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville and Zane State College are the county's three post-secondary educational institutions. The Mid-East Ohio Vocational School District also provides adult and continuing education. Educational and training opportunities are plentiful and vary from short-term training in business and technical skills to master's degree programs. Currently, Zane State College offers a travel and tourism class series.

Business Organizations and Initiatives
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce is a business association of nearly 800 members. The Chamber provides a variety of business assistance programs to large and small employers throughout the county. The Chamber works cooperatively with the Small Business Development Center in providing entrepreneurs with the information and the assistance they need to get started in business. The Chamber partners with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority on a continuous retention and expansion program with the area's largest employers. Local business associations or community improvement organizations function in various parts of the county and include the New Concord Board of Trade, Zanesville South Business Association, Dresden Village Association, and Frazeysburg Revitalization Association.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce
205 N. Fifth Street
Zanesville OH 43701
(740) 455-8282

Dresden Village Association
417 Main Street
Dresden OH 43821
(740) 754-3401

New Concord Board of Trade
PO Box 10
New Concord OH 43762
(740) 826-7671

Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority
205 N. Fifth Street
Zanesville OH 43701
(740) 455-8282

Zanesville South Business Association
PO Box 1721
Zanesville OH 43702
(740) 455-3169

East Ohio Development Alliance
326 Highland Avenue
Cambridge OH 43725
(740) 432-7902

ORBITS
PO Box 2400
Zanesville OH 43702
(740) 455-3266

Convention Facilities
The Zanesville Holiday Inn Convention Center can accomodate up to 350 visitors, Hallowed Hills serves up to 500 and the Muskingum County Welcome Center can hold up to 400. All three facilities are easily accessible from I-70.

High-Speed Internet Access
Internet access is provided by a variety of vendors throughout Muskingum County. High-speed connectivity is available in certain portions of the county from SBC and through Time Warner's Roadrunner service. Residents and businesses in the city of Zanesville, the surrounding townships and a few incorporated villages have access to high-speed Internet.

Tourism and Lifestyle

Muskingum County is rich in opportunities for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who come from far and wide to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and athletics. Recreational sports are some of the community's favorite leisure time activities. Muskingum County is home to three state parks, several city parks and athletic facilities that offer recreation for the entire family. In addition, the Zanes Landing Park has a 3.5-mile walk/bike path along the Muskingum River that connects to Riverside Park, which has soccer, softball, and tennis facilities as well as an oversized, community built playground named Kidzville.

History buffs appreciate the dozen historic churches that dot the downtown landscape. Their architecture and well-preserved stained-glass windows provide a backdrop to a city that once served as the state capital. The churches are lit at night and provide a warm welcome to travelers on Interstate 70.

Muskingum is also known for its rich pottery heritage. Pottery is still made today in the county and has become a proud symbol of local heritage and culture. Pottery is such an important part of the heritage that area communities celebrate every July with Pottery Lovers Week.

From pottery and glassware to furniture and more, some of America's finest treasures can be found at the numerous antique stores in our area. As the home of The National Road, the first federally funded highway, as well as several navigable rivers, Muskingum County was the transfer point for some of America's most prized possessions of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Top Five Spots to Visit Top Five Events to Attend
  • Pottery Lovers Week
  • Taste of Zanesville
  • Gus Macker
  • Basket Happening
  • Miracle On Main Street
Historic Spots
  • The National Road-Zane Grey Museum - features exhibits about "the Main Street of America" and about Zane Grey, father of the western.
  • John and Annie Glenn Museum - pays tribute to the life of an astronaut and to growing up in The Great Depression.
Tours
One- and two-day tour itineraries are available.

One-Day Itineraries
  • A Muskingum Mystery - Travel throughout Muskingum searching for clues to the identity of a ghost belonging to a historical figure.
  • Art Pottery Tour - Visit several fascinating art and pottery museums and attractions throughout Muskingum County.
  • Experience the National Road - Visit sites and attractions along this historic east-west passageway.
  • The Museums of Muskingum County - Take a trip through six of Muskingum County's superb museums.
  • Student Travel in Muskingum County - See natural and historic wonders all in one, single day trip!
  • Wild Safari in Muskingum County, Ohio - Craving adventure in your next group tour? Go on Safari at the Wilds! Tucked away in the scenic rolling hills and grasslands of southeast Ohio is a treasure you won't want to miss.
Two-Day Itineraries
  • Basket Village U.S.A. - Travel to Dresden to see the birthplace of The Longaberger Company and the World's Largest Basket. Travelers will also get to see other historic sites throughout Dresden and the rest of Muskingum County.
  • Historic Holiday in Muskingum County - Take a Christmas-oriented tour of Muskingum County.
  • Recipe for a Sensational Tour - Tastes what's cooking in Muskingum County with this multi-dimensional tour.
  • Welcome to Our Tradition - See the rich history and heritage present in Muskingum County on this two-day showcase of the area's best.
Airports
Zanesville Municipal Airport
(740) 455-0663

Visitor Services
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce/CVB
205 North Fifth Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
(800) 743-2303

Travel Agents
AAA Ohio Auto Club
(740) 454-1234
Diosi Travel
(740) 452-5444

Hospitals
Bithesda Hospital
2951 Maple Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

Good Samaritan Hospital
800 Forest Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

Health Services
Genesis Healthcare System
2951 Maple Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701
(740) 454-5000
http://www.genesishcs.org/

Car Rental
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
(740) 450-0808

Fink's Car Rentals
(740) 452-5449

TTI Car Rental
(740) 453-7443

Van Wye Motors
(740) 452-5444


 
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