The Ohio Valley Region encompasses twelve counties in Southern Ohio. The region is populated by approximately 670,000 residents and spans 6,022 square miles. There are 171 townships, 70 villages, 9 cities, and 14 census-designated places (CDP’s).
Established in 1967, OVRDC serves as a Local Development District for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an Economic Development District for the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, and a Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
OVRDC is governed by a Full Commission of 177 officials who meet semi-annually. Members include representatives of county and local governments, social service, educational organizations, minority communities, 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. The Executive Committee’s monthly meetings are open to the public.
OVRDC receives 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.
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