The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission is a public
regional planning commission established by agreement among its members
pursuant to Section 713.21 of the Ohio Revised Code, as amended. Acting
in the capacity of a regional economic and community development agency,
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.
1967, OVRDC serves as a Local Development District for the Appalachian
Regional Commission and as an Economic Development District for the US
Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.
OVRDC is governed
by a Full Commission of 175 officials who meet semi-annually.
Members include representatives of county and local governments, social
service, educational organizations, minority community, and the private
sector. Routine oversight of the OVRDC is provided by an Executive
Committee with representation from local elected officials from each
county, and the cities of Chillicothe and Portsmouth, private sector, a
minority representative, and several members-at large that represent one
of the following areas; chambers of commerce, workforce development,
labor, and post secondary education.
financial support from a combination of federal and state grants and
local service contracts. Member counties also pay annual fees to OVRDC,
with contributions based on each county’s population.
OVRDC helps subdivisions and
organizations plan and secure funding for community and economic
development-related projects. Staff offers expertise with the
following funding sources:
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
The ARC is a
13-state commission, which fosters development in the Appalachia region
of the United States. Eleven of OVRDC’s 12 counties (all but
Fayette) lie within the Appalachian region. ARC funding can assist with
projects that meet one of four priority goal areas. As a Local
Development District (LDD), OVRDC is your first stop for securing
funding through the ARC.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
administrative fee, OVRDC staff can provide subdivisions with
application development assistance, environmental review, and project
administration for CDBG funded projects.
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
A part of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, the EDA
provides funding for job-creation projects in distressed areas around
the nation. Assistance can also be provided to communities
experiencing significant job loss through plant closures or layoffs.
OVRDC, as a designated
Development District (EDD), is your first stop for securing
funding through the EDA.
Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)
coordinates this state grant/loan program for the District 15 Public
Works Integrating Committee (all OVRDC counties except Clermont).
Eligible projects include the construction, repair or replacement of
roads, bridges and water and wastewater infrastructure.
your first stop for securing funding through the OPWC.
As a regional
data center affiliated with the Ohio Department of Development’s Office
of Strategic Research, OVRDC maintains a comprehensive database of
national and state economic and demographic statistics, including U.S.
Census data. These data resources, as well as the agency’s
Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS)
services are available to communities, businesses, and the general
public upon request. A reasonable processing fee may be charged.
Some available data can be found at www.ovrdc.org
Low Interest Financing
two low-interest Revolving Loan Fund programs to provide gap financing
for small businesses seeking to start up or expand in the OVRDC region.
The RLFs, capitalized by ARC and EDA, will assist businesses that create
or retain jobs.
Low Interest Gap Financing Brochure
LEAD, OVRDC will provide training and technical assistance to 14
communities in the economically distressed counties of Gallia, Jackson,
Pike and Vinton. This assistance will focus on the overall goal of
building and developing the capacity of key local staff, officials and
communities to provide entrepreneurial assistance to new and existing
specialist is responsible for providing training and technical
assistance to representatives of the recipient communities. They will
also serve as a conduit between and among small businesses,
entrepreneurs, assistance agencies and funding sources. This project is
funded in part by USDA Rural Development, Rural Community Development
entrepreneurial assistance to persons starting or expanding their
businesses as a key part of economic development for the region.
Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF)
Executive Director serves on the Regional Advisory Committee of the
SOACDF, which reviews economic development projects submitted from the
county committees. Staff will assist applicants with questions
regarding this grant source, which requires job creation.
OVRDC began the process of major highway
corridor transportation planning in 1998.
The agency has participated in the U.S. 23 Corridor Study, the
Portsmouth Bypass Study,
SR 32/US 50/ US 35 Corridor Study, and more.
OVRDC participates in various
Transportation Route Committees; such as US 23 Committee, SR 32/US 50
OVRDC will continue to work with Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the future to implement a local
official, rural transportation planning and consultation process.
Additionally OVRDC will work with ODOT to continue the development of a
State Route 32 transportation corridor plan.
For more information about the OVRDC, contact:
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
73 Progress Drive
Waverly, OH 45690-1196
In Ohio: 1(800) 223-7491
Fax: (740) 947-3468
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