Our Director

For more than 20 years Tammy Eallonardo managed a top-performing branch of a regional staffing company where she earned the credential of Certified Staffing Professional from the American Staffing Association. It was during this time that she worked to build strong relationships with business and industry throughout Ross County. Prior to entering the staffing industry, Eallonardo served the travel & tourism industry in various capacities, including the management of a full-service hotel in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Mrs. Eallonardo has worked to improve the community through service on various Boards. Offices she has held include President of Chillicothe City Council, Chairman of the Board of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, Chairman of Chillicothe’s Design Review Board, President of the Chillicothe-Ross League of Women Voters and Vice Chairman of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce.

As the Director of EDASO, dba Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development, she works to promote the region as the perfect mix of work, life and legacy. She is a life-long resident of southern Ohio and the daughter of a small business owner and a paper mill worker. She and her husband live near the historic downtown district and enjoy teaching the virtues of small town living to the next generation.



Board Members

Jeff Doles

Jeff Graham

Luke Feeney

James E Lowe

Ken Shelton

Delbert Bochard

Recent News $28,000 Presented to Locally-Owned Shredding Company A total of $28,000 was provided to Southern Ohio Shredding (SOS) in Chillicothe, a locally-owned business providing secure document destruction. Employees answer the call for help by picking up loads of paper and shredding it in their secure location on Bridge Street in Chillicothe. Owner Ken Shelton said the funds will have an impact on... Continue Reading Recent News Fluor-BWXT Helps Local Welding and Fabrication Business Expand with 30,000 check Chillicothe, Oh--On April 27, Fluor-BWXT and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) presented Industrial Reliability & Repair (IRR) with a $30,000 check for an expansion project to generate job opportunities and add 3,000 square feet to their headquarters in Chillicothe. IRR is an industrial construction company that specializes in welding, millwright services,... Continue Reading Recent News Fluor-BWXT Supports New Industrial Development with $17,500 donation “There is great opportunity for economic growth in our community, and Fluor- BWXT is excited to support this potential,” said JD Dowell, FBP Site Project Director. Continue Reading Recent News Ross County Tent Manufacturer Shifts to Making COVID PPE with $20,000 Grant from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) Thanks to Ross County, Ohio- Ross County’s Aadvantage Tent Fittings is finding new ways to expand during the COVID crisis, and a $20,000 grant from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) is helping them meet that demand.
The grant was used to purchase a new high-volume vinyl cutting machine so the...
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Recent News Petland Expansion, $50,000 JobsOhio Economic Development Grant January 27,2021 Chillicothe Based Petland Announces Expansion into Nier Spec Building; Addition of 21 New Jobs Chillicothe, Ohio: January 27, 2021 –Petland, Inc., in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), and Greater Chillicothe and Ross County Development, announced today plans to expand their footprint in Ross County in several different locations, including the Nier... Continue Reading Recent News Ross County and JEDISO partners secure Fluor-BWXT $34,000 Grant for Ross County Business Ross County, Ohio- Herr’s Foods, located on East 7 th Street in Chillicothe, recently enhanced their quality process with the help of a $34,000 grant from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO). Continue Reading Recent News Fluor-BWXT Awards $25,000 Economic Grant to new Supplier of Kenworth Truck Parts Chillicothe, Ohio – Fluor-BWXT, in conjunction with the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO), recently awarded General Fasteners with a grant valued at $25,218. “We are pleased to continue our support in the growth of the economy of Ross County,” said JD Dowell, Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director. “Companies like this are bringing good jobs to the area.” Though... Continue Reading Recent News SR 207 Connector is Complete! After years of work, Ross County is excited to announce the completion of the SR 207 Connector which provides easy access from US 23 to SR 159 and the Kenworth Corridor.  Celebrate with us through a Virtual Ribbon Cutting. Continue Reading Recent News General Fasteners Locates in Southern Ohio to Further Build out Industry Supply Chain Chillicothe, Ohio: July 7, 2020 –– General Fasteners, a supplier for heavy truck, automotive, military, industrial and medical industries, is locating a distribution center outside of Chillicothe in Ross County, where it will create will create 14 well-paying jobs. General Fasteners’ investment further builds-out the automotive supply chain in the Ohio Southeast region. The company... Continue Reading Recent News Fluor-BWXT Provides Grant for Manufacturing Expansion in Chillicothe Chillicothe, Ohio – Fluor-BWXT, through a partnership with the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO), recently provided a $32,000 grant to Riffle Machine Works of Chillicothe for an expansion of the company’s assembly production area.  “Riffle Machine Works has become a successful logistics and supply chain management company because of the ability to produce... Continue Reading Recent News Eallonardo Recognized by Ohio Economic Development Association(OEDA) COLUMBUS, OH, OCTOBER 9, 2019:  The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards at its 2019 Annual Summit, held at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin.  The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  
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Recent News ARC Federal Co-Chair Visits Chillicothe Chillicothe – Sept 16, 2019
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas traveled to Ross County and other points in the region to meet with industry leaders.  While in Chillicothe, Thomas visited Kenworth Truck where he received a glimpse of future technologies in the trucking industry and talked with managers of the Class-8 truck manufacturer’s...
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Recent News Adena Health System and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Expert Care – Close to Home CHILLICOTHE – July 29, 2019
Adena Health System President and CEO Jeff Graham announced the expansion of Adena’s partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The expansion of a more than eight-year affiliation between the organizations includes plans to develop a comprehensive, pediatric care model, creating a destination center for health care that will enhance the delivery of...
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Recent News Riffle Machine expansion to bring more jobs to Chillicothe CHILLICOTHE - Riffle Machine Works is moving forward with another expansion, nearly four years after its last multimillion-dollar project.  One of four manufacturing support services (MSS) companies in the local Kenworth supply chain, the company’s decision to expand is in response to a need for additional staging and pre-assembly work for the Class 8 heavy-duty... Continue Reading Recent News Chillicothe Manufacturer Receives Fluor-BWXT Economic Development Grant for Expansion Chillicothe, Ohio – Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth along with the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) recently provided an economic development grant to Douglas Industries of Chillicothe.
Douglas Industries, originally founded in 1984 as Task Machine Fabrication, used the $17,636 grant to invest in a new state-of-the-art lathe to support the needs of local paper-industry customers...
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Recent News Chillicothe receives APEG award: Best Downtown Revitalization Effort FRANKFORT, OH – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Chillicothe, Ohio was awarded for its downtown revitalization efforts by APEG (Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth).  APEG represents 26 counties in Eastern and Southern Ohio, and serves as the regional development partner for JobsOhio. The award for Best Downtown Revitalization Effort was accepted by representatives for GCRCD (Greater Chillicothe & Ross... Continue Reading Recent News Kenworth expanding Chillicothe plant by nearly 25 percent with $140M paint facility addition During the recent groundbreaking, PACCAR President & CFO Harrie Schippers stated that Chillicothe is the perfect location to build Kenworth trucks because of the excellent, highly skilled workforce. Congratulations to the 2400 local employees who build the World Best Truck. Read More - Source Continue Reading Recent News Adena to Invest $70 million for Orthopedic and Robotics Center Adena Health System President and CEO Jeff Graham today announced plans to construct a five-story Orthopedic and Robotics Center on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC), located in Chillicothe. The project, currently in the design phase, represents a $70-million investment in providing the south central and southern Ohio region with greater nearby access... Continue Reading Recent News 5 Locations Picked For Potential Visitors Center Recognizing the need to accommodate World Heritage tourism (pending designation by UNESCO) and to capture regional travelers, GCRCD partnered with the RCCVB to hire city planners to perform a placement study.  Traffic counts, amenities, visitor data and input from local stakeholders led to the final recommendation of the top 5 sites for placement. Click on... Continue Reading Recent News Trio of Ross County Areas Targeted for New Development Program Chillicothe Gazette – Chris Balusik, May 16, 2018 Three locations in Ross County have been targeted for participation in a new federal program designed to make development more attractive in lower-income areas. The federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act approved in December carried with it the ability to create Opportunity Zones, defined by the Internal Revenue Service... Continue Reading Recent News Solar Farms Possible at Yellowbud, Buckskin Township Sites in Ross County Chillicothe Gazette – June 18, 2018 Two Ross County sites are being looked at as possible future sites of solar farms that could significantly impact the tax base of the school districts and townships in which they are located, as well as the county. Representatives from First Solar in Houston, Texas, have been exploring a pair of... Continue Reading Recent News Eallonardo to Lead Chillicothe, Ross County Economic Development Efforts Chillicothe Gazette – Chris Balusik, December 28, 2017 Following a national search to find someone to spearhead economic development efforts for the city and county, the committee charged with searching found their answer close to home. Tammy Eallonardo, who has served in several local leadership positions, has accepted the position of director of the Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development organization. She will take... Continue Reading Recent News 100 Jobs Expected with Kenworth Plant Expansion Chillicothe Gazette – Chris Balusik and Jona Ison, October 11, 2018 With a new build cell expected to begin production in the first half of next year, Kenworth is looking to the next step in its growth with the creation of a new truck cab painting facility that would bring with it about 100 full-time equivalent... Continue Reading Recent News New Life, New Jobs are Focus of Effort to Revitalize Gateway Interchange Industrial Park Chillicothe Gazette – Chris Balusik, July 25, 2018 Development means jobs, and local development officials hope a new grant will jump-start fresh interest in the Gateway Interchange Industrial Park to begin attracting jobs. "Gateway is our largest opportunity for future industrial development, and we've kind of stalled in the development of that park, so that seemed like a great opportunity for... Continue Reading Recent News 2019 Groundhog Day Forecast Breakfast Chillicothe Gazette – Toria Barnhart, February 2, 2019 The Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce held its annual Community Forecast Breakfast on Friday morning. Director of Economic Development, Tammy Eallonardo, focused on the organization's efforts to expand businesses in Chillicothe. She confirmed that Kenworth Trucking is expanding its business by creating a new paint facility. This project... Continue Reading

Our Partners

The Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio (dba Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development) operates as a public/private partnership. Through the financial support of our partners, we provide the resources necessary to support organic growth and expansion of local business and industry. We also strive to maintain a business friendly climate that welcomes new investment in Ross County.

EDASO is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions, bequests and transfer of gifts or real estate are tax deductible.

We would love to welcome YOU as our newest partner in economic development!
To become a funding partner, please download our GCRCD Pledge Form. For more information, you may contact our office at 740-772-5100.

Welcome our Newest Partners

Prairie Run Holdings, LLC. (2020)

Kevin Shoemaker (2020)


Thank you to the following partners for increasing their level of support in 2020:

Adena Health System (Legacy Investor)


Kingston National Bank



In addition, annual support is received from the following funding partners:

Accurate Heating & Cooling (2018)




Ott, Norman and Co., CPA's (Legacy Investor)


C.P. Management (Legacy Investor)


Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce (Legacy Investor & Founding Partner)


City of Chillicothe (Legacy Investor & Founding Partner)


Cloverleaf Development

Herlihy Moving & Storage (Legacy Investor)


Herrnstein Auto Group


Horizon (Legacy Investor)




Kenworth Truck Company (2018)


LCNB (Legacy Investor)


Neil Coleman Insurance (Legacy Investor)


Power Connect


Ross County Commissioners (Legacy Investor & Founding Partner)


Staff Source, Inc.


State Electric Supply


The Reserves Network


WesBanco (Legacy Investor)


William Beatty (Legacy Investor)


In-Kind Contribution received from:

Whited Seigneur Sams & Rahe CPAs, LLP (Legacy Investor)