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Ohio's Appalachian Local Development Districts

Four of OARC's member agencies (Buckeye Hills-HVRDD, Eastgate, OMEGA & OVRDC) serve as Local Development Districts (LDD) for 32 of Ohio's Applachian counties.

Ohio's Appalachian counties cover an area larger than Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined; they make up 17% of Ohio's population and cover 36% of Ohio's geography.

Download the 2016 Appalachian Assistance Grant Programs Return on Investment Report

Download the 2015 Impact Report

Download the 2014 Impact Report

Serving the Appalachian Region of Ohio

Ohio's Local Development Districts serve 32 counties in the Appalachian area of the state. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. The LDDs are responsible for administering the ARC grant program across the region.  The program goals are to:

  • increase job opportunities and per capita income;
  • increase capacity to compete in a global economy;
  • improve and develop infrastructure;
  • develop the Appalachian highway system.

By creating or retaining jobs, providing access to education or training, increasing availability to water and  sanitary sewer services as well as maintaining and upgrading bridges and roads, the projects administered by  LDDs build the regions' infrastructure for future growth.

  • In 2016, Ohio’s LDDs administered 50 ARC projects with $61,653,671 in total project costs which
    resulted in 748.5 new jobs and 1,782.5 jobs retained in the region.
    We accomplish this by fostering dynamic partnerships among local governments, building public-private alliances and making strategic investments. Ohio's Local Development Districts secured $45 in direct Appalachian project dollars for every $1 spent on administration.
  • In 2014: Ohio’s LDDs administered 63 ARC projects with $72,140,914 in total project costs which resulted in 750 new jobs and another 2,025 jobs retained in the region. We accomplish this by fostering dynamic partnerships among local governments, building public-private alliances and making strategic investments for community and economic prosperity. LDDs secured $56 in Direct Project Dollars for every $1 spent on administration.

Economic Development

Ohio's Local Development Districts also serve the regions as an Economic Development District (EDDs) for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

The districts prepare a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) — a local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of an area. It provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic and community development. It is the gateway for accessing EDA funding for infrastructure investments.

The CEDS process works to:

  • create and retain jobs;
  • foster more stable and diversified economies; and
  • improve living conditions.

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