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Port Authority’s charging station sees steady use

LISBON — Since its launch in October, the electric vehicle charging station at the Columbiana County Port Authority has seen steady usage from both local drivers and travelers passing through.

During the board’s Monday meeting, Bobby Ritchey, private sector group specialist for the CCPA, said the station has filled a void in the area and has seen consistent usage even during the winter months.

Although electric vehicle charging stations are becoming more prevalent in general, Columbiana County and the surrounding area is extremely limited in number. CCPA’s charging station is one of the 13 between Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, and is the only public charging station near U.S. Route 30 between Canton and the Pittsburgh Airport.

“The Port Authority saw early on where the market was going with electric vehicles and wanted to be a part of this rapid positive change. With the investments in electric vehicles, especially in our local economy with Lordstown Motors and the Ultium Cells battery plant, the port is helping to promote job growth opportunities in the market for Columbiana County,” Ritchey said in his report during the meeting.

In other business, executive director Penny Traina announced to the board that the CCPA did not receive a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Industry Sector Partnership they applied for in June. Traina said that CCPA partnered with the Columbiana County Business Advisory Council, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center and that the grant was meant to assist with professional development to provide a stable career pathway for students and to help educate parents on manufacturing careers. The board will reapply for the grant when the funds become available.

Traina also announced the CCPA Ohio River interactive business map is now live and available for public viewing.

Brittany Smith, grants coordinator and finance assistant for CCPA, announced they are now in a bid solicitation period. The board is accepting bids from now until 4 p.m. March 19 to purchase the following items: one new 33,000-pound capacity fork truck; one used 33,000-pound capacity fork truck; one SuperSax Transpod; one 100E 13L electric blower and two 621G wheel loaders.

If anyone is interested in submitting a bid, they should contact Ritchey or Smith. The port authority will make a decision based on the lowest and most responsive bid.

lnickel@mojonews.com

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