Economic and Community Development Services
OVRDC is a designated Local Development District (LDD) and an Economic Development District (EDD).
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 Ohio Region. ARC funding can assist with projects that meet one of four priority investment areas. As a Local Development District (LDD), OVRDC is your first stop for securing funding through the ARC.
EDA is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce and 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 is a designated Economic Development District (EDD) and your first stop for securing funding through the EDA.
OVRDC 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. OVRDC is your first stop for securing funding through the OPWC.
NRAC Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation Grant OVRDC coordinates the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation state grant program for District 15 (in all OVRDC counties except Clermont). Eligible projects include the acquisition and improvement of public access to green spaces of significant conservation-focused biodiversity or natural value priority.
For an administrative fee, OVRDC staff can provide subdivisions with project application development assistance, environmental review, and project administration for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), ARC and EDA funded projects. View OVRDC’s completed Environmental Review Records for more information on the type of projects that have been funded in the past.