Monthly News & Updates:
April 2018
Reminder: Grants Application Process
 Project Profiles Being Accepted for Funding Consideration    

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is committed to assisting counties across the region with securing grant funding for projects. For consideration of funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (for federal ARC funding), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the regional job training program with Ohio Development Services Agency, applicants should complete a Project Profile. The Profile is now available at . Project funds are available in two distinct categories - regional job training and public infrastructure Upon selecting public infrastructure or regional job training, the form will provide the relevant questions.
The simple, self-explanatory project profile form collects basic information about projects including contact information, project description, type and readiness, regional impact, project partners, funding sources and total project costs. 
Qualifying state and local agencies and governmental entities, local governing boards (such as county commissioners), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing) may apply for the competitive public infrastructure grant programs. These same parties are eligible to apply for Regional Job Training funds, as well as private companies that may expand or improve employment opportunities in the region. Click here to earn more!
All project profiles are due to Buckeye Hills no later than 4 p.m. April 10, 2018. Applicants are asked to prioritize their activities, and to submit no more than three projects for each program. For answers on questions regarding the project profile process call Melissa Zoller at (740) 376-1027.  
Brownfield Program Supports Regional Community & Economic Development Efforts

Exterior Before Construction
Interior Before Construction
Exterior After Construction
Interior After Construction

In small communities, economic development can be inhibited by the lack of developable properties. One program working to assist with enhancing access to development is the US EPA Brownfield redevelopment program. Focusing on rehabilitation of properties allows a community to reclaim or improve its acreage or commercial sites to help make them accessible for new business development.

Brownfield funding sources can be used to help plan, assess, and remediate brownfields. A brownfield property's redevelopment is often complicated by the potential presence of environmental contaminants such as hazardous substances, asbestos, lead-based paint or petroleum.

In Perry County's Village of New Lexington, one such site located on North Main Street, is getting new life and providing community services. Now the home of ClearView, a substance abuse and withdrawal management program, the site was once known as the Beckett Video building. With funding from the US EPA, the project was able to assess the need, safely remediate and prepare the site for future commercial use.

"We worked with the Perry County Commissioners to help plan, assess and to administer the site's $85,000 change effort," said Melissa Zoller, Development Specialist III, for Buckeye Hills Regional Council. "The remediation efforts were made possible by T&M Associates of Columbus who consulted and coordinated the site's redevelopment."

Following the Brownfield remediation efforts, ClearView purchased and gave the facility a much-needed facelift inside and out. The new owner's efforts also provide an aesthetic enhancement to the village's main street. It offers a state-of-the-art program to facilitate long-term behavior change and improve the quality of life of residents impacted by addiction.

ClearView offers an eight-bed "step-down" ambulatory detoxification unit with the goal to provide substance abuse withdrawal management to individuals 18 years and older.

They use a multidisciplinary approach provided by a qualified, experienced treatment team. Of additional note is that ClearView staff are 95 percent Perry County residents - local people working locally. A program of the non-profit Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Inc., the site's renovation includes an investment of $1.5 million.

To learn more about the Brownfield Redevelopment program, contact Melissa Zoller, at 740-376-1027.
April Semi-Annual Meeting Reminder
The April 6 Buckeye Hills Regional Council Semi-Annual General Policy Council Meeting will feature highlights from the 2017 Community Beneftis Report and updates from Executive Director Misty Casto. Several guest speakers will provide program updates of interest to members, including:

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Executive Director
Scott Hamilton
USDA Ohio Rural
Development State Director
David Hall 
Collaboration Manager for The Ohio State University's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence,  Eric Wagner 
Growth Advisor for The Ohio State University Center for Design and 
Manufacturing Excellence Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Dorinda Byers 
This convening brings together community and business leaders from the 8-county region who serve as members on the Buckeye Hills General Policy Council.  Members will be joined by legislators, federal and state funding resource partners, service providers to the 60+ population of the region, members of the Buckeye Hills Aging & Disability Division's Regional Advisory Council, Transportation Advisory Committee members and other community leaders.

Registration for the event is now full. Please contact Jenny Simmons by email at if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Thanks to our 2018 April Meeting Sponsors!


Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Silver Sponsor:

Ohio's Electric Cooperatives 

Bronze Sponsor:
Iachini Named to OEDA Young Professionals Group

Anthony Iachini, Development Specialist/Site Coordinator, has been named the Southeast Ohio Region's OEDA Network Partner to the Ohio Economic Development Association's ED YP group. ED YP is an economic development young professional group established to foster growth and passion for the field of economic development by connecting new developers with industry leaders, mentors and peers from across Ohio.

Partner regions will have two local young professionals leading their region's efforts, with two state leads. Their purpose is to develop meaningful programming in the following categories: Education;  Professional development and Networking.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council Development Director Bret Allphin was recently nominated by Buckeye Hills and recognized by his alma mater, Marietta College, as one of the inaugural recipients of the Linsely Community Partner Award. Presented by the Marietta College Founders Day Committee, the award was presented at the Founders Day Celebration. Shown with Allphin is Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Director of Civic Engagement at the college. 

Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee to Meet April 20
The Buckeye Hills Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Technical and Citizens Advisory Committees will meet on Friday, April 20 & Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Meetings will be from 10 a.m. - noon at Buckeye Hills' office located at 1400 Pike Street in Marietta. If you have any questions regarding RTPO meetings, please contact Karen Pawloski, Transportation Planning Coordinator at 740-376-7658.
Eligible Seniors Can Apply for Senior Farmers' Market Coupons
Seniors who meet the income eligibility guidelines, will soon be receiving some welcome relief from rising food budgets. Administered in the region by the Buckeye Hills Aging & Disability Division, The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons worth $50 to enjoy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey.
The Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is funded by USDA and the Ohio Department of Aging for income-eligible seniors. Program coupons may be exchanged for eligible foods from authorized farmers. Only fresh, locally grown fruits, herbs, vegetables and honey are eligible to be purchased with the coupons.

Each eligible senior receives $50 worth of coupons. Grant funding is limited and coupons are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each person will receive a total of ten $5 coupons. Coupons may only be redeemed by authorized participating farmers who sell produce at farmers' markets or roadside stands. The program will end Oct. 31.

Click Here to Learn More About Eligibility & How To Apply! 
Kara Wright, LSW, Home Choice Pre-Transition Case Manager 
HOME Choice: Helping Ohioans Move, Expanding Choice
Ohio's HOME Choice program transitions eligible Ohioans from institutional settings to home and community-based settings, where they receive services and supports at home and in their communities.
Established in 2008 with the goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans, the program has become a national leader in moving people home. HOME Choice currently ranks first nationally in transitioning individuals with mental illness into home-based settings, and second in overall transitions completed. As of 2017, more than 11,400 people have enjoyed a new found independence through HOME Choice, Ohio's iteration of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is bringing choice to the region's aging population and people living with disabilities. Individuals will work with the long-term care facility and Buckeye Hills HOME Choice transitional staff to apply, discuss options, find housing and coordinate benefits and services through the discharge planning process.
The program provides support to transition from a long-term care facility to home and community-based settings. Areas of assistance include locating qualified housing, setting up a household, connecting to community services and coordinating benefits.

"Kara Wright, our HOME Choice Transition Coordinator has been involved with helping individuals move 'home' since the program began in 2008," said Jennifer Westfall, Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging & Disability Director. "In fact, the first consumer that she helped transition is still enjoying his independence at home."

Call Buckeye Hills Regional Council at 1-800-331-2644 today! 
Download a Home Choice brochure
April Features Medication Safety Week
As you may know, certain types of medications and drug combinations can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion and could contribute to a life-changing fall in older adults. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that each year, more than $76 billion is spent on preventable medication-related illnesses, including falls.
During Medication Safety Week, April 1-7, 2018, the Ohio Department of Aging, through its STEADY U Ohio initiative, will partner with more than 400 of Ohio's pharmacies to help Ohioans understand and minimize their falls risk due to an adverse drug interaction. Take advantage of a free, confidential medicine review at one of nearly 400 participating Ohio pharmacies.

Participating pharmacies around the state will provide free, confidential medicine reviews for older adults who visit their locations during specified times. During the screenings, pharmacy staff will review customers' medicine usage and identify those medicines and combinations that may increase the risk for falls. Customers will receive a list of their potentially problem medicines to take to their health care professional to discuss risks and appropriate treatment options.
Participating pharmacies include all 249 Ohio Walgreens Pharmacy locations, more than 100 Kroger Pharmacy locations across Ohio, and select Discount Drug Mart Pharmacy, Fruth Pharmacy, NEON Health Center Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy and Shriver's Pharmacy locations, as well as other local pharmacies.

Dates and times vary by location - Visit ODA's program web page or contact the pharmacy for more details.

Help Available to Eligible Seniors for Costs of
Home Heating &
Medicare Expenses

For eligible seniors, Ohio's Home Energy & Assistance Program can help with winter costs! The Medicare Savings program can assist with Medicare premiums and prescriptions costs.
Call 1-800-331-2644 today!   
Upcoming Community Classes:
A variety of Evidence-Based Health Education classes are set for the coming months!  Learn more about Matter of Balance, Diabetes education,
and Alzheimer's programs at

New! Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Starts April 24 in Athens
The Chronic Pain Self-Management program is a no cost, six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Education is for you if:
  • You have long-term pain or care for someone living with chronic pain;
  • You are looking for better ways to manage symptoms;
  • Feel limited in your daily activities;
  • Feel tired, alone, or fearful because of your health or the health of a loved one.
Hosted by OhioHealth at O'Bleness Hospital (55 Hospital Dr. in Athens), the program will be from 2-4:30 p.m. for six weeks from April 24-May 29. To Register or for more information contact Tara Gilts at (740) 566.4539 or
Refreshments will be served. Download a flyer!

Leader Training :
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Starts April 30 in Marietta 

Help others learn to take control  of their chronic disease and improve their quality of life.

Becoming a trained Leader for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program takes only four days. Training is conducted by Certified Master Trainers. There is no cost for this training.

Dates: April 30, May 1, 7, & 8
Time: 9:00a-4:30p
Address: Washington County HealthDepartment
342 Muskingum Drive - Marietta
To register: Amy Nahley at 740-374-2782 x3305 or

This training is made possible through a partnership between the
Washington County Health Department  and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Download a flyer! 
Save the Dates! 
April 27 -  Eastern Ohio Economic Development Alliance  Annual Meeting 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Carlisle Village Inn
May 4 - Buckeye Hills Executive Committee Meeting 

May 22 - State of the Region Conference  
Ohio University, Athens - Baker Center Ballroom (a Free event!)

Oct. 5 - Semi-Annual Buckeye Hills Regional Council General Policy Council Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join the $50 for 50 Partnership Program

The Partnership Program is an opportunity for you to become a part of the Buckeye Hills Regional Council's 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Send in $50 in recognition of your support and partnership during our 50 years of service to the 8-county region.
Send your $50 for 50 Investment to: 1400 Pike St. Marietta, OH  45750
You'll be listed on special 50th Anniversary Celebration Signage.
Partners as of March 22, 2018:   
Thanks to Our 2018 $50 for 50 Partners!
  • Eastern Ohio Development Alliance 
  • Joe & Sally Matthews
  • Meigs County CIC
  • Morgan County CIC
  • Ohio Rural Water Association
  • Boyer & Judy Simcox
Buckeye Hills Regional Council
 740-374-9436 or 740-373-6400 | 1400 Pike St. - Marietta, OH  45750

Misty Casto - Executive Director
Rick Hindman - Asst. Executive Director
Bret Allphin - Development Director
Jennifer Westfall - Aging & Disability Program Director

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is organized as a voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions to foster cooperative efforts in regional planning, and implementing of regional plans and programs.
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