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Appalachian Power takes pride in working with local, regional and state organizations to promote economic growth and to bring new jobs and business to our communities. As part of the 11-state American Electric Power system, Appalachian Power has the resources and extensive economic development experience to help businesses of all sizes, from small start-ups to large international companies. Our economic development director can work strategically with businesses and communities, as well as state and local officials to facilitate location and expansion offers throughout Appalachian Power’s service territory. Such services are complimentary and confidential.

For additional information, please contact:
John J. Smolak, Director of Economic Development

540-985-2605 or jjsmolak@aep.com

Recent activities

Appalachian Power has established economic development assistance programs to help state, regional and local economic development organizations with funding to address business attraction, strategic planning, industrial park engineering studies, marketing outreach initiatives, and training and professional development. A few of the programs funded in 2013 are listed below:

  • Smyth County Economic Development Authority
    Site Consultant Marketing Forum - $1,500
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership
    Site Consultant Marketing Forum - $2,500
  • Virginia a Corridor Region
    Site Consultant Forum - $1,500
  • Roanoke County Economic Development
    Data Center Marketing - $3,400
  • Bland County, Virginia
    Industrial Park Engineering Study $25,000
  • Putnam County Development Authority
    Professional Development/Training - $700
  • Roanoke County and Wythe County, Virginia
    Certified Data Center Site Marketing - $18,650
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