PDT Staff Writer
WAVERLY — The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) announced this week that they will be receiving a $250,000 grant that will be used to secure new office space. The money was awarded form of a state Appalachian Development Program Grant.
“The Governor’s Office of Appalachia supports projects that provide the infrastructure for job creation,” said Jason Wilson, Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia in a released statement. “The types of projects vary in scope as we remain committed to improving the lives of the residents of Ohio’s Appalachian region.”
According to released information, “the State Appalachian Development Program Grants provide funding for projects that improve the standard of living for residents of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties and support the goals of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). These projects support the ARC’s goal of developing and improving the infrastructure in Appalachia to make the region economically competitive.”
“We’ve been planing on this for quite a while. We are going to build a building at the Zahns Corner Industrial Park. We are moving about 2.5 miles from were we are now,” said John Hemmings, Director of OVRDC.
He said once completed the new building will be larger than their current office on Ohio 220-East in Waverly. When they first moved into the building their board was only 15 members, today they are 27 members and in need of more space.
“We are hoping to under construction in October. We are hopeful to have the building finished in early spring of next year,” Hemmings said.
The total project cost would be around $600,000, he said.
According to its website, at www.ovrdc.org, “OVRDC coordinates federal, state and local resources to encourage development in 12 southern Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.”
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