OVRDC receives grant for development programs

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Wayne Allen


PDT Staff Writer


The Governor’s Office of Appalachia has awarded the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) a $135,000 grant, to be used for programing supporting community and economic development activities throughout the region.


“This is a grant we get every year for our operations. This funding allows us to help communities with in our region,” said John Hemmings, Director of OVRDC.


He said this years grant is a little higher than in years past, by $4,500.


Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (Washington County) and Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (Guernsey County) also received similar grants from the Governor’s Office of Appalachia to conduct similar activities.


“The Local Development Districts provide my office with valuable insight as we identify and support the needs of Ohio’s Appalachian communities,” said Jason Wilson, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia in a released statement. “Together, we are making a difference in the region’s economic growth.”


Last week OVRDC broke ground for what will be their new office, located on State Route 220 in Waverly. It’s estimated the new office building will cost about $600,000 to construct. With construction expected to be finished in early-spring.


According to its website, “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.”


For more information about OVRDC, visit www.ovrdc.org.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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