Community Development Planning Assistance

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)

For an administrative fee, OVRDC staff can provide subdivisions with application development assistance, environmental review, and project administration for CDBG funded projects. You can view OVRDC completed Environmental Review Records.

Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC)

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.

Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF)

OVRDC’s 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 provided technical assistance to multiple public and private non-profit organizations in FY 2016, resulting in the following outcomes: 300 jobs created, 276 jobs retained, 1,940 households and 96 businesses served with water and/or sewer, approximately 1,200 people served with up-to-date medical care, 1,516 people trained for employability and $14593000 in private investment leveraged. For a list of all OVRDC ARC projects for 2016 see the 2016 Annual Report.

2016 ARC Program Highlights

OVRDC entered into a service contract as a public sponsor on a Diesel Emission Reduction Grant (DERG) for Superior Marine, Inc. in Lawrence County. The project will repower four 1980s-era diesel propulsion engines and four auxiliary engines in two tow boats. OVRDC will continue to monitor for compliance of the project for the next five years after completion.

OVRDC and Superior Marine: DERG Partners

During FY16, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia awarded $250,000 through its Area Development program to the Scioto County Commissioners for improvements to Haverhill-Ohio Furnace Road in the southeastern part of the county. The $724,700 project was funded with matching dollars from a variety of partners. This project will make travel for employees and truck traffic safer and more efficient. It will also support the retention of 51 full-time jobs and the creation of an additional 30 full-time jobs.

Haverhill-Ohio Furnace Road Funded

Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP), WesBanco, and OVRDC teamed up to present a financing package that assisted Mark Porter in purchasing a dealership in Jackson county. This was funded through an EDA RLF loan that can make a huge economic impact in the region.

Mark Porter Ford opens in Jackson County