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Hillyer Highlights $500 Million Investment in Appalachia

June 29, 2022
Brett Hudson Hillyer News

COLUMBUS – Governor DeWine has signed a measure to provide a $500 million grant program to help revitalize the Appalachian region of Ohio.

The Appalachian Community Grant Program, would provide funding for sustainable, transformative projects in the 32-county region of Ohio, through the Appalachian Planning and Development grants. 

“Appalachia Ohio is home, and it is wonderful to see the state making a sizable investment in our region which will improve the quality of life for all of those who call eastern Ohio home,” said Hillyer.

Under the bill, the program will appropriate $500 million in fiscal year 2022 to implement two grant types.

The Appalachian Planning Grants will be available to assist developers with research, planning and project proposal costs and development grants will be available to support the implementation of projects. 

Priority will be given to projects that have region-wide impact, include a private-public partnership, are economically sustainable and prove to be transformative and sustainable to the region. 

“I will continue to advocate for the Appalachian region as more work is left to be done but this historic investment is a large step in the right direction to provide greater opportunities for those who call this region home,” added Hillyer. 

The Department of Development will be responsible for administering the program in consultation with local development districts.  Responsibilities include developing an application process and eligibility requirements. 

House Bill 377 will become effective in 90 days.