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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

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

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

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 (SOPEC)

Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) is a Regional Council of Governments under Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code: Provides public energy services to its member communities, public subdivisions, nonprofits/faith-based organizations, & other public agencies. SOPEC is AEP Energy’s 2nd largest customer in Ohio and manages over 600 GWh (600,000,000 kWh) of electricity each year, and provides numerous grants for energy upgrades and technological advancements.

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.

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