The Ohio House and Senate are currently working with the Governor’s office to review and select community development capital projects for funding. The Buckeye Hills Regional Development District and OMEGA submitted a list of projects from across Ohio’s Appalachian region highlighting projects that had a regional impact. The capital bill is expected to be introduced into the Ohio Senate with expected passage by the end of April.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $46.2 million available specifically to diversify the economies of Appalachian communities which have traditionally relied on the coal economy for economic stability. These funds can be used for:
- Developing projects that diversify local and regional economies, create jobs in new and/or existing industries, attract new sources of job-creating investment and provide a range of workforce services and skills training;
- Building partnerships to attract and invest in the economic future of coal-impacted communities;
- Increasing capacity and other technical assistance fostering longterm business development and growth
The ARC is looking for projects that have collaborative partnerships and cover multiple communities. There are a number of initiatives that are being developed across our region and we’re looking to submit a project that will include the Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road initiative. More information can be found on the Appalachian Regional Commission website or by contacting your local development district.