REGIONAL RESOURCES

Appalachian Ohio

            "For the past 15 years, Ohio's Appalachian Country, Inc. (OAC) has worked to draw attention and visitors to Ohio's Appalachian Region.              Our organization operates as a non-profit tourism association working with the 32 Appalachian Counties of Ohio to promote tourism.              We believe tourism is the most sustainable form of economic development for this region. Our partners include the Governor's Office              of Appalachia, tourism organizations operating in the region, along with attractions, parks, shopping, dining and lodging             

            businesses. In addition to producing this website, OAC also produces a bi-annual Travel Guide, available for viewing on this website.     

            Cooperative marketing opportunities, networking, group tour marketing and professional workshops are also offered to members."

Buckeye Hills Regional Development District

"Buckeye Hills Regional Council is a council of governments dedicated to improving the lives of residents in southeast Ohio. By working collaboratively with elected officials across Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties, we grow strong communities through our five divisions: Aging & Disability, Community Development, Mapping & Data, Population Health, and Transportation Planning."

Development District Association of Appalachia

"The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) is a membership organization of the 73 Local Development Districts (LDD’s) serving the 420 counties of the Appalachia Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federal-state-local partnership."

Foundation for Appalachia Ohio

"In the tradition of the 700+ community foundations across the United States, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) manages permanent charitable funds supported by thousands of Appalachian Ohioans for the betterment of our region. Through grantmaking, strategic leadership, and partnerships, our work with our donors will grow the philanthropic resources needed to transform generational poverty into generations of prosperity... Funds are professionally managed to safeguard principal and yield a competitive rate of return. Each year, a portion of the investment earnings are distributed as grants to community organizations and scholarships for students."


Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission

"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."

Rural Action

"Nestled in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio, Rural Action was founded in 1991 on the principle that locally-based, sustainable, and inclusive development is the main strategy for building resilient rural Appalachian communities. Rural Action’s mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. We do this work by focusing on sectors identified as important by our members: food and agriculture, forestry, zero waste and recycling, environmental education, watershed restoration, and energy. Emerging work in social enterprise development and local tourism are more recent parts of our portfolio."

Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council

"The Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) is a Regional Council of Governments (COG) that provides public energy services to the Southeast Ohio region. The mission of SOPEC is to provide simple, valuable, and reliable public energy programs that help our communities achieve their local energy goals. The primary programs provided by SOPEC are to support Community and Customer Choice through governmental electric aggregation and public-sector mercantile customer aggregation, energy efficiency development through financing programs, and renewable energy development through technical assistance programs."

Water and Wastewater Management Program

"The Water and Wastewater Management degree provides students the opportunity to learn skills required to fulfill the needs of some of Ohio's most in demand jobs... Advantages of enrolling in our program at Hocking College include: ability to complete classes 100% online, credit by advanced standing for OEPA certifications, OEPA approved contact hours for classes, OEPA approval for experience credit equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree, transfer credit accepted, and financial aid approved."