Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced two grants benefitting Ohio University’s Voinovich School and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), who worked in tandem with the benefitting entities to secure the funding, applauded the announcement.
ATHENS, OH – Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced two grants benefitting Ohio University’s Voinovich School and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), who worked in tandem with the benefitting entities to secure the funding, applauded the announcement.
The Voinovich School at Ohio University is the recipient of $750,000 grant in support of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) program. SEE, which has just completed its one-year pilot project, works to encourage the use of for-profit business strategies to improve social outcomes in communities. Key areas include entrepreneurial and business development, workforce development and preparedness, and critical infrastructure, including broadband access.
“By employing for-profit business tactics to achieve social progress, communities benefit from proven strategies,” Stivers said. “I’m thrilled that SEE and the Voinovich School will have the resources they need to promote market-based solutions to the social challenges local communities face.”
In its second year, it is projected that SEE will provide $3.8 million in services and subsequent local economic growth. As many as 32 local communities will be served, and upwards of 59 social enterprise businesses will be launched or improved as a result of the grant. The grant is expected to yield at least $6 million in leveraged private investment.
“Today’s announcement is continued support for the work already underway to create new opportunities for those living in communities hardest hit by changes in the coal industry,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas. “These grants are a commitment to long-term diversification and economic growth in Appalachian Ohio.”
Additionally, a grant was also awarded to the Buckeye Hills Regional Council totals $78,624 and will be used to determine feasibility and obstacles to the bridging the digital divide along Route 33 between Groveport and Belpre. By analyzing the current barriers to broadband, the Council hopes to attract new jobs and investments to the region, a project that could ultimately be replicated in surrounding counties.
“These grants are the latest example of a continued investment in Southeast Ohio. I am confident that these efforts will lead to revitalized communities and economic growth for those who deserve it most,” Stivers concluded.
For more information about federal grants, visit www.stivers.house.gov/constituentservices/grants.