- Executive Director
Brief History of the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation
The Guernsey County Community Development Corporation, commonly referred to as the CDC, was founded in 1996 as the Byesville Board of Trade, with the purpose of promoting economic development within the Village of Byesville. In 2002 that organization transitioned to the Guernsey County CDC to better assist local communities around the county with economic and recreational development.
Over the course of the past 14 years the CDC has demonstrated a proven and successful track record of applying for, winning and managing over $10 million in grants that provide a variety of services and opportunities to the 40,000 residents of Guernsey County. Some of these grants include:
In addition to the awarded grants, the CDC operates a number of programs and has completed a variety of projects. These include the 7 mile paved Great Guernsey Trail, the Miner Park Ballfield Complex, as well as 5 play pods for area parks. The CDC also conducts a free countywide fish camp and has done so for the last five years. The camp takes place at Jackson Park, located outside of Byesville, Ohio and is designed to educate kids on proper fishing techniques, casting and knot tying. Each kid receives a free fishing pole, tackle box and tackle. Other programs include our Disabled Veterans Transportation program that provides local veterans with free transportation to and from medical appointments, the summer youth work development program, the township government support program and support for local food pantries. See more information in the Programs, Parks & Properties tab.