The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a Federal Co-Chair, appointed by the President. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts (LDD).
As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.
Ohio’s transportation system is essential to keeping and creating jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.
The OPWC provides financing for local public infrastructure improvements through both the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvement Program (LTIP). SCIP is a grant/loan program for roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment, storm water collection, and solid waste disposal. LTIP is a grant for roads and bridges only.
The Ohio Development Services Agency is committed to creating jobs and building strong communities, while ensuring accountability and transparency of taxpayer money and exceptional customer service.
USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science and effective management.
The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) is a membership organization of 73 Local Development Districts (LDD) serving the 420 counties of the Appalachia Region.
There are four LDD organizations serving the Appalachia Region of Ohio:
Buckeye Hills Regional Council
Eastgate Regional Council
Ohio Mideastern Government Association
Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
The mission of the Governor's Office of Appalachia is to support local, regional, state and federal initiatives that allow the people of Ohio's Appalachian region to attain economic prosperity. Ohio's four Local Development Districts and the Governor's Office of Appalachia collaborate to prioritize projects in the state's Appalachian counties and to administer Appalachian Regional Commission and state project funds. They also partner with local organizations, agencies, and individuals working to foster economic growth and improve the quality of life for all citizens in the region.
Buckeye Hills Regional Council helps local communities work cooperatively to improve the region. A voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions, Buckeye Hills serves eight counties securing financial resources to translate ideas into action in
Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.
Eastgate Regional Council
of Governments is a voluntary
association of local governments in Northeast Ohio, serving Ashtabula County, Mahoning County and Trumbull County. All cities, villages, and townships in these counties
OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research, and allocation of resources.