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P. O . B o x   5 2 0   Reno, OH   45773  740‐374‐9436  800‐835‐8088 

• Athens County    • Hocking County    • Meigs County    • Monroe County    • Morgan County    • Noble County    • Perry County    • Washington County 

Quick Reference Guide Buckeye Hills works with a variety of programs and funding opportunities. If you are looking for information on the following areas, access the programs section noted within this notebook for more details. CAREGIVERS & SENIORS • Proving Seniors and Caregivers with program opportunities. Resources include:

JOB CREATION & RETENTION • Enabling businesses to create and retain jobs. Resources include: - Business Loans - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Economic Development Administration (EDA) - Ohio Job Ready Sites (JRS) - Clean Ohio: Brownfield Program

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE TRAINING • Providing education and training opportunities. Resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Economic Development Administration (EDA)

INFRASTRUCTURE • Increasing the quality and availability of water and sanitary sewer services. Resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Economic Development Administration (EDA)

• Repairing and upgrading roads and bridges. Resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Ohio Public Works (Issue 2)

• Increasing accessibility and availability of quality health care. Resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC)

• Community Development resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Clean Ohio: Green Space Conservation - Clean Ohio: Brownfield

• Broadband resources include: - Applachian Regional Commission (ARC) - Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Buckeye Hills-Hocking Quick Valley Reference Regional Guide Development District

- PASSPORT - Caregiver Advocacy - Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program - Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) - Housing Assistance

Founded in 1968, Buckeye Hills assists communities in identifying urgent needs and securing grant and loan dollars to improve their infrastructure and the overall quality of life for their residents. The staff often acts as the “adjunct staff” of the communities of the District by providing technical assistance, grant writing, and project administration. Last year the Development staff secured financing for more than 50 projects that have a positive impact on residential and commercial sectors. These projects improve the quality of life for the people of the region. Total costs for projects exceeded $32 million, with local and private resources providing over $9 million. For every dollar in administration, Buckeye Hills leveraged nearly $70 in project dollars. These projects improve the quality of life for area residents by: • enabling businesses to create and retain jobs; • providing education and training opportunities; • increasing the quality and availability of water and sanitary sewer services; • repairing and upgrading roads and bridges; and • increasing accessibility and availability of quality health care. In more than 40 years, Buckeye Hills has assisted communities in the region to secure over $500 million for education, health care, infrastructure improvements, training, economic and community development and social service projects. For more information about Buckeye Hills, please call 740-374-9436 or visit: The following staff members are also available to assist you: • Executive Director, Misty Casto, • Assistant Executive Director & AAA8 Director, Rick Hindman, • Development Director, Melissa Zoller, • GIS Manager, Bret Allphin, • Development Specialist II/ OPWC District 18 Liaison, Michelle Hyer, • Development Specialist / ARC, Charmel Wesel, Serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington Counties P.O. Box 520 • Reno, OH 45773 •740-374-9436 •

Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District

Buckeye Hills is organized as a voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington Counties to foster cooperative efforts in regional planning, and the implementing of regional plans and programs.

The Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging (AAA8), provides access to programs including personal care and homemaker services, home delivered meals, medical transportation and support to those helping care for an aging loved one. The AAA8 staff serves the region’s aging and their caregivers to provide resources and a wide variety of access to in-home and community-based assistance. • Our network of providers delivered more than $11 million in services across the region in 2009.

If you know of an aging resident living at home that may need support or services, contact the AAA8, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit The following staff members are also available to assist you: • Assistant Executive Director & AAA8 Director, Rick Hindman, • Executive Director, Misty Casto, • Home Care Director, Jane Skeen, LSW, • Certified Ombudsman Program Director, Kim Flanigan, • Program Director, Cathy Ash, LSW, • Planner, Mindy Cayton,

Serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington Counties P.O. Box 370 • Reno, OH 45773 •740-373-6400 •

Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8)

• They served more than 210,000 home-delivered and congregate meals and provided hundreds of thousands of hours of homemaker and caregiver services to meet the needs of our region’s seniors and nearly 750 clients.

PASSPORT Program Providing In-home Care Support The AAA8 PASSPORT Program provides in-home alternatives to nursing home care for qualified low-income older adults. Services include personal care, homemaker services and respite or adult day care. PASSPORT helps individuals remain independent longer and relieves some of the burden from caregivers. A case manager works with the family, physician, and home health workers to customize a care plan that may consist of services including; home-delivered meals, personal care, chore service, emergency response systems, home medical equipment, transportation and more. The goal of the program is to provide quality care at home, improving the chances of delaying or avoiding nursing home placement.

We need referrals from families, friends, physicians and ministers to locate eligible people who would benefit from these programs. If you know of anyone who may need additional in-home care support, especially those with limited incomes, contact our office. For those who qualify, the agency will set up a free meeting with a care professional who will determine services available to meet the daily needs of an aging loved one. For more information on PASSPORT Program contact an Information and Assistance Specialist at the Area Agency on Aging (AAA8) at 1-800-331-2644 or visit


The program also makes better use of taxpayer dollars. Nearly five people will be cared for through PASSPORT for the same cost of providing state-funded care for one person in a nursing facility. But, the greatest benefit— the patients are afforded the opportunity to remain in the comfort of their own homes.

Caregiver Advocacy The AAA8 caregiver advocacy program addresses the growing needs of informal caregivers and those they care for. This program also includes the following: • INFORMATION & REFERRAL provides information and contacts to community resources (legal/financial, transportation, support groups, home health services, hospice services, health services) and emergency services (financial aid, shelters, food, clothing). • MEDICATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM designed to help seniors better understand the medications they are taking and identify potentially dangerous interactions with other medications they are taking as well as potential side effects. • RESPITE CARE such as personal care, homemaking, or adult day services, provide short-term assistance for an older person so the caregiver can have some free time.

• CAREGIVER TRAINING in-home training to caregivers: - Proper body mechanics in moving, lifting, or transferring a care receiver - Techniques on how to give a bath to a person who is bed bound - Use of assistive devices such as gait belts - Use of medical equipment such as a hydraulic hoyer lift • MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PURCHASES designed to assist and compliment the care a caregiver provides, medical equipment purchases are limited and determined by the program coordinator on a need basis. Purchases include but are not limited to linen savers such as chuxs pads, safety devices for doors and windows etc. • PROJECT LIFESAVER designed as a rapid response search and rescue service, using state of the art technologies and strategies to prevent or reduce the potential of harm to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, Downs Syndrome, Autism, traumatic brain injuries, and cognitive impairments. These individuals may tend to wander away from their residences and become confused or lost. The one-ounce transmitter emits a personalized silent constant pulsating radio signal 24-hrs a day. The transmitter is housed in a wristband unit that looks like a watch. It can be worn on the wrist or ankle. The radio signal can be located up to several miles away on land or in the air. Once notified the team responds on the ground to the wanderer’s area and starts searching with the mobile locator tracking system. To learn more about services available for the aging, call Area Agency on Aging (AAA8) at 1-800-331-2644 or visit

Caregiver Advocacy

• LEGAL SERVICES provide education and assistance to caregivers in matters of Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney information and documentation, and Durable Power of Attorney information and documentation.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to Address Nursing Home Issues The AAA8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) advocates for the rights of home care consumers and residents of long-term care facilities, and seeks resolution of problems, with the goal of enhancing their quality of life and care. The Ombudsman addresses the concerns of consumers in a variety of long-term care settings, such as nursing homes, “assisted living” and adult care facilities. The Ombudsman also serves consumers of home- and community-based care, such as meals and transportation services. The Ombudsman works closely with the older adult to address complaints. The older adult decides to what extent the Ombudsman is involved in resolving the complaint.

On the state and federal level the Ombudsman advocates for systemic changes to problems and participates in meetings to revise regulations and provides testimony on state and federal legislation. Ombudsman staff educate caregivers and nursing home and assisted living staff to promote individualized care and services aimed at the consumer’s preferences and needs. The LTCOP also acts to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation. For more information about the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program or to report a compliant in a confidential manner contact Kim Flanigan, Certified Ombudsman Program Director, at 800-331-2644 or or visit

Ombudsman Program

Anyone may call the AAA8 LTCOP to voice a concern or obtain information about long-term care. However, the Ombudsman acts only with the consent of the consumer or, in some cases, the consumer’s legal representative.

Housing Program AAA8 Housing Assistance Grants are available to seniors who needs assistance with minor home repairs or modifications to help them stay in their home or to age comfortably in place. Eligible projects include improvements to: • accessibility modifications such as widening doorways, • wheelchair ramps, • handicap modifications of a bathroom or kitchen and • other home repairs.

To apply for Housing Assistance: Contact Joe Gage, Housing Coordinator, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Housing Program

Eligible Applicants: • must own their home or have a life estate in the property, • must be 60 years of age or older, • have 35 percent area median income level or less, • live in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry or Washington Counties

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons worth $50 to buy produce from May through October. Individuals are eligible for the Senior Farmers’ Market if they are 60 + and have an annual income of $20,035 or less as a single person ($26,954 or less for a household of two). Each eligible senior receives $50 per person; grant funding is limited and coupons are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Local farmers participate in the Senior Farmers’ Market program to sell seasonal items as long as the farmer grows at least 51 percent of the produce sold and does not purchase produce from a wholesaler (one who does not grow the produce). A farmer may buy the rest of the produce —49 percent of what is sold from other local farmers. For more details on what products are included in the program or to become an authorized farmer, contact the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) at 1-800-331-2644 or visit The Seniors Farmers’ Market Program is funded by USDA.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

Coupons may only be redeemed by authorized participating farmers who sell produce at farmers’ markets, or roadside stands. Only fresh, locally grown fruits, herbs and vegetables are eligible to be purchased with the coupons.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Buckeye Hills Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) offers loans to businesses in conjunction with a bank. Such funds are used in the event that full financing cannot be obtained from a bank, or to fill the ‘gap’ between conventional bank financing, owner equity and the total amount necessary to complete a proposed business project. The RLF will not provide 100% financing of a project. Eligible activities include: • acquiring or improving land and buildings; • construction; • new machinery or equipment; • working or start-up capital needs

Eligible applicants include: Existing or new-for-profit businesses, partnerships, cooperatives or corporations engaged in manufacturing, service or retail activities that will be or is presently located within Buckeye Hills region. Examples of loans: • Athens County, Ultimate Air; • Monroe County, Home Comfort, LLC; • Washington County, Faces by Design To apply for Revolving Loan Funding: Contact Tina Meunier, Business Coordiator at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

Revolving loans include fixed interest rates and terms of 3-12 years, depending on the collateral used to secure the loan. One full-time job equivalent (40 hours per week) must be created or retained for every $25,000 of Revolving Loan financing, these loans focus on creating jobs.

GIS (Geographical Information System) Buckeye Hills has been operating a GIS (geographical information system) for the eight county region of southeastern Ohio since the mid 1990’s. Realizing that the need for mapping products, spatial data, and custom data research and analysis would grow considerably in the near future, Buckeye Hills invested in the necessary mapping software and hardware to fulfill this growing need. Buckeye Hills combines powerful mapping capabilities with a strong and active data research practice to offer constituents specialized mapping products and custom data products.

Buckeye Hills is able to collect this asset information and provide it to constituents in various formats including: • printed maps; • web based maps; • PDFs; • other image formats suitable for use in reports and other digital and printed documents Examples of recent project areas in which the GIS program at Buckeye Hills has recently completed projects: • Floodplain analysis and modeling; • Asset inventory mapping (public water systems, public sewer systems, storm sewer systems, public signage, etc.); • Tax map support/auditor database integration; • Elections mapping (precincts and polling locations); • Emergency service response zones; • Census geography mapping; • Environmental review record mapping; • Custom data research and analysis

GIS (Geographical Information System)

To supplement its data research experience, Buckeye Hills has invested in GPS data collection units that allow for the collection of autonomous data needed to complete customized individual mapping projects. These data collection units have been used to collect data sets such as water and sewer systems (and any related appurtenances such as meters, valves, hydrants, lift stations, manholes, lampholes.), public storm water systems, as well as addressing information, basic elevation data, public signage, wildlife information, and economic development site and utility information.

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Sample GIS Map with image capability

Handheld GIS Mapping Equipment

For more information on any of the projects areas or if you have questions about how GIS mapping can help your organization and benefit your local communities, contact Bret Allphin, GIS Manager at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) The Appalachian Regional Commission 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.

Eligible projects for funding include: • community infrastructure; • education and training; • energy; • entrepreneurship and business development; • health; • telecommunications; • transportation and highways Eligible applicants include: • government agencies; • non-profit agencies Examples of projects: • sewer seperation; • purchase of equipiment; • waterline extension; • healthcare facilities

To apply for Appalachian Regional Commission funding: Contact Charmel Wesel, Development Specialist, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

ARC projects must address one of these goals: • increasing job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia; • strengthening the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy; • developing and improving Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the Region economically competitive; or • building the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia’s isolation

Economic Development Administration (EDA) Buckeye Hills has been designated as an Economic Development District by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). EDA grants help fulfill regional economic development strategies designed to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance regional competitiveness, create high skill living-wage jobs, generate private investment, and fortify and grow industry clusters.

Public Works and Economic Development Program Investments help support the construction/rehabilitation of public infrastructure and facilities necessary to generate/retain private sector jobs and investments. Investments also attract additional private sector capital, promote regional competitiveness, expand and upgrade infrastructure to attract new industry, support technology-led development, redevelop brownfield sites and provide eco-industrial development. Examples of projects: • Hocking College Energy Institute; • Rocky Boots To apply for Economic Development Administration funding: Contact Bret Allphin, GIS Manager at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Eligible for assistance include: • area experiencing high unemployment; • low income; • severe economic distress; • recoverying from economic impacts of natural disasters; • closure of military installations and other Federal facilities; • changing trade patterns; • depletion of natural resources

Ohio Public Works Commission (SCIP & LTIP) Ohio PubPublic Works Commission (OPWC) assists in financing local public infrastructure improvements under the State Capital Improvements Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvements Program (LTIP). Buckeye Hills acts as the liaison between the District 18 Public Works Integrating Committee (D18PWIC) and the Ohio Public Works Commission. District 18 includes: Athens, Belmont, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington counties.

Eligible Applicants: • local politcal subdivisions; • non-profit organzations Eligible projects include improvements to: • roads, bridges, culverts; • water supply and to wastewater systems; • storm water collection systems; • solid waste disposal facilities Examples of projects: • Noble County bridge replacement; • Grandview culvert replacement; • Perry County road paving; • New Straitsville roadway resurfacing To apply for funding: Contact Michelle Hyer, Development Specialist II/OPWC District 18 Liaison at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Ohio Public Works Commission – Issue II

These programs provide local communities financial assistance for the improvement of basic infrastructure systems. Grants, loans, and financing for local debt support and credit enhancement are available.

Clean Ohio: Green Space Conservation Program The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program helps to fund preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and stream corridors.

Eligible Projects Include: • Protect habitat for rare, threatened or endangered species; • Preserve high quality wetlands and other scarce natural resources; • Preserve streamside forests, natural stream channels, functioning floodplains, and other natural features of Ohio’s waterways; • Support comprehensive open space planning; • Secure easements to protect stream corridors, which may be planted with trees or vegetation to help reduce erosion and fertilizer/pesticide runoff; • Enhance eco-tourism and economic development related to outdoor recreation in economically challenged areas; • Provide pedestrian or bicycle passageways between natural areas and preserves; • Reduce or eliminate nonnative, invasive plant and animal species; • Provide safe areas for fishing, hunting and trapping in a manner that provides a balanced eco-system Examples of projects: • Purchase of property; • Stabilization of eroding shoreline; • Protection of natural woodland and riparian zone To apply for funding: Contact Michelle Hyer, Development Specialist II/OPWC District 18 Liaison at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Clean Ohio: Green Space Conservation Program

Eligible applicants include: • County; • Municipal Coprporations; • Townships; • Conservancy Districts; • Soil and Water Conservancy Districts; • Joint Recreational Districts; • Park District/Authority Non-Profit Organzations

Clean Ohio: Brownfield Program Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment activities improve communities as dilapidated and often dangerous buildings are demolished or renovated and contaminated soil is removed and replaced. “Brownfield” means an abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial, commercial, or institutional property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by known or potential releases of hazardous substances or petroleum. Once a site has been designated a brownfield, the Clean Ohio Revitalization (CORF) or Assistance Fund (COAF) can provide grant money for various activities. Eligible projects include improvements to: Asbestos Surveys; Phase II Environmental Assessments; demolition; removal of contaminated soil and groundwater; other remediation strategies

Ultimately, by meeting the standards set forth in the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP), a property can earn a No Further Action (NFA) letter prepared by a Certified Professional. This letter will be reviewed by the Ohio EPA, who issues a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) for the property, giving economic interests the confidence to develop. Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF): Activities funded by the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund are environmental assessments, cleanup of hazardous substances and/or petroleum, and demolition. Note: The acquisition of brownfield properties and the installation of infrastructure are NOT eligible costs. The maximum application request for a Phase II Environmental Assessment grant is $300,000; the maximum application request for a Cleanup grant is $750,000. Examples of projects:

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Village of Roseville - Brush Pottery; Hocking County - former General Clay - hocking Brick Redevelopment

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Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF): Properties are eligible only if they meet the definition of industrial, commercial property, or institutional property. Applicants must provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project costs. Acceptable sources of matching funds include: local government, state government (other than funds from the Clean Ohio Brownfield funds), federal government, and by for-profit or non-profit entities. Eligible applicants include:

• Township; • municipal corporations; • counties; • port authorities; • conservancy districts Eligible applicants that submit applications for a brownfield located within an eligible area. Eligible applicants may jointly apply for the same project. Examples of projects:

• develop office/retail space; • industrial/commercial To apply for CORF funds: Round 8 will have approximately $26 million dollars available and Round 9 $20 million. Funding rounds will now run every six months beginning in January and July through 2013. New to the selection methodology is a scoring track for those projects without an end user called the Redevelopment Ready Track. This track provides up to $2 million for the cleanup and demolition of project sites which are connected to local infrastructure; do not require acquisition or infrastructure activities; and are priorities for local redevelopment efforts. To apply for Clean Ohio: Brownfield funding: Contact Melissa Zoller, Development Director at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Water and Sewer Program The Water and Sanitary Sewer Program provides grants to small communities in rural areas of Ohio as they work to comply with Environmental Protection Agency mandates. The goal of the program is to create a safe and sanitary living environment for Ohio citizens, through the provision of safe and reliable drinking water and proper disposal of sanitary waste. The maximum amount available for public improvement is $500,000. The maximum amount available for residential connections and related costs is $100,000. The requested CDBG Water and Sanitary Sewer Program funds must, at a minimum, be matched on a one-for-one basis with funds from other sources.

Eligible projects include improvements to: • service laterals; • septic tanks; • well abandonment; • Community Development Block Grant Program eligible related fees Eligible Applicants: Non-entitlement counties, cities and villages. Counties must apply on behalf of townships and unincorporated areas. Cities and villages are limited to one grant award per program year. Counties are limited to two awards per program year. Successful FY 2009 Water and Sanitary Sewer Program applicants will not be eligible for funding during FY 2010; except for counties, which may apply on behalf of a different sub-unit of government within their jurisdiction. Examples of projects: • Washington County, Riverview Wasterwater Treatment Plant • Meigs County, Tuppers Plain Chester Waterline Extension To apply for CDBG Water and Sewer funds: Contact Melisa Zoller, Development Director, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Water and Sewer Program

• Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have the ability to operate a water or wastewater system. • Villages that currently lack both systems will be considered as not having capacity. • Applicants must alsobe able to show the long term financial viability of a proposed project. • Projects must be ready to proceed within 120 days and provide water and/or sanitary sewer service to primarily residential users (minimum 60 percent of total users).

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Devlopment Program The principal goal of the Economic Development Program is to create and retain permanent, private-sector job opportunities, principally for low and moderateincome persons, through the expansion and retention of business and industry in Ohio communities. • •

$500,000 maximum for direct loans $500,000 maximum for off-site infrastructure projects

Eligible activities include provision of financial assistance through: eligible units of general local government;

financing may cover fixed assets, including land, building, machinery and equipment, as well as the infrastructure investment directly related to business or industrial development. The amount and type of financial assistance provided to a project must be deemed appropriate with respect tothe financial gap and the public benefit to be derived;

job training. The State may provide applicants additional Economic Development Program funds, up to $50,000, to provide training for low and moderate-income individuals whose positions were created/retained by the recipient business. The training provided by the business must meet the requirements of the Ohio Investment Training Program (OITP) administered by the Workforce and Talent Division (WTD)

private for profit entities to carry out economic development projects; public improvements directly and primarily related to the creation, expansion or retention of a particular business;

Eligible Applicants: Cities and counties. Counties must apply on behalf of villages and townships; counties may also apply on behalf of cities within their jurisdiction. Examples of projects:

City of Athens, Univeristy Healthcare, 115 jobs created

To apply for Economic Development Program funds: Contact Melissa Zoller, Development Director, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Economic Development Program

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Program The Comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Tier One Program provides funds to eligible communities to assist with the development of downtown revitalization planning documents. Approximately $100,000. Eligible projects include improvements to: Creation of a planning document for the local unit of government to use to develop a downtown revitalization plan.

Eligible Applicants: Units of local government in non-entitlement counties and cities. Examples of projects: • Village of McConnelsville To apply for Downtown Program funds: Contact Charmel Wesel, Development Specialist, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Downtown Program

Examples of eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to, the following: • research and preparation of revisions to or creation of downtown zoning ordinances, building codes, historic districts, etc.; • development of design review criteria/revitalization guidelines and related processes for review and enforcement; • development or update of a comprehensive downtown market analysis; development or update of a comprehensive downtown revitalization and development plan including analysis of existing conditions, downtown mission and goals, objectives for goal attainment, plan concept development, phasing, and strategies for financing and implementing revitalization activities; • development of a marketing strategy/operations plan to ensure the sustainability and on-going viability of the downtown; and preparation of a comprehensive economic and/or financial downtown revitalization feasibility analysis

Ohio Job Ready Sites Program The Ohio Job Ready Sites (JRS) Program was created to bolster the State’s inventory of available facility locations served by utility and transportation infrastructure. Sites improved under the JRS Program are kept ready for future business prospects seeking locations for new or expanded operations. Grants are capped at either $3.5 million or $750,000, depending on the development intensity and may be used to offset costs traditionally incurred in industrial and commercial site development, from acquisition of real property, infrastructure upgrades, and construction build-out of speculative facilities.

Pre-Application: Prior to the release of competitive application, the applicant may submit a pre-application. This optional step in the competitive application process will allow prospective eligible applicants to obtain feedback from the Ohio Department of Development including the proposed eligible project’s relative strengths and weaknesses. Full Application An application is first submitted to the District Public Works Intergrating Committee (DPWIC). Upon submitting an application to the DPWIC, applicant will notify the Ohio Department od Development’s staff in writing. Each DPWIC may select up to six applications to forward to the Ohio Department of Development (three applications per fiscal year appropriation). The Department will conduct an internal review and score each application submitted by the DPWICs that is deemed complete. Eligible projects include: Properties in this program are strategically chosen for their ability to provide optimal infrastructure capabilities and attract economy shifting investments. Examples of projects: • City of Middleport, Smart Offices, 50,000 sq. ft building; • Leed Certified Gold To apply for Ohio Job Ready Sites Program funds: Contact Michelle Hyer, Development Specialist II/OPWC District 18 Liaison, at 740-374-9436 or Visit for more information.

Ohio Job Ready Sites Program

Eligible Applicants: Entities that are eligible to apply for JRS Program assistance are political subdivisions, non-profit economic development organizations, and those private, for-profit entities that obtain prior approval from the Director of the Department Of JRS to submit application materials.

Helpful Acronmyn Descriptions ARC.............Appalachian Regional Commission CDBG.......... Community Development Block Grant CEDS...........Community Economic Development Strategy DPWIC........District Public Works Integrating Committee EDA.............Economic Development Administration EDD.............Econimc Development District ER............... Environmental Review

GIS..............Geographic Information Systems GOA............Governor’s Office of Appalachia GPS.............Global Positioning System HUD............US Department of Housing & Urban Development JRS..............Job Ready Sites LDD.............Local Development District LTCOP..........Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program NADO..........National Association of Development Organizations OAAAA........Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging ODA............Ohio Department of Aging ODNR..........Ohio Department of Natural Resources ODOD.........Ohio Department of Development OPWC..........Ohio Public Works Commission OWDA.........Ohio Water Development Authority PASSPORT... Providing In-Home Care Support RLF..............Revolving Loan Fund USDA...........US Department of Agriculture

Helpful Acronmyn Descriptions

EPA..............Environmental Protection Agency

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A basic description of the programming elements available from the Buckeye Hills - Hocking Valley Regional Development District in Marietta,...