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March 2018
Join us for the April Semi-Annual Meeting

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is a voluntary organization of local government representation, serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties in southeast Ohio. We work with our regional partners to cooperatively develop and implement regional plans and programs. The Council also serves as a forum for the discussion and study of regional issues and the development of policy and action recommendations.
Join us April 6 in Marietta for the Buckeye Hills Regional Council Semi-Annual General Policy Council Meeting at our Conference Center, located at 1400 Pike St. in Marietta. We will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following.
The April meeting will feature highlights from the 2017 annual 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
Growth Advisor Dorinda Byers with The Ohio State University Center for
Design and Manufacturing Excellence Manufacturing
Extension Partnership
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.
The cost to attend the event is $20 (except members of the Buckeye Hills General Policy Council and Executive Committee who have no event registration fee; members will receive a separate email with the registration code to waive the fee.) Make checks payable to Buckeye Hills Regional Council and mail to 1400 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750.
Click Here to Register

Thanks to our 2018 April Meeting Sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS: Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Hull & Associates

Bronze Sponsor:

Ohio Appalachian Assistance Report Released

We are pleased to share the 2017 Ohio Appalachian Assistance Grant Program Return on Investment Report. In 2017, Ohio's LDDs administered 52 projects with $47,171,621 in total project costs (including $10,100,057 in federal and state investments) that resulted in 447 new jobs and 2,061 jobs retained.

Ohio's Local Development Districts accomplish this by fostering partnerships among local governments, building public-private alliances and making strategic investments. The fo ur Local Development Districts work to achieve the greatest impact leveraging limited resources to bring more funding into the Region.

Ohio's Local Development Districts secured $34.91 in direct Appalachian project dollars for every $1 spent on administration. Project funding is 
provided by The Appalachian Regional Commission, Ohio Development Services Agency (through the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia) and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Featured from the Buckeye Hills region are the OhioHealth Mobile Mammography unit; Athens Roundabout & Commercial Access Road, the Village of Crooksville and the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network (including Ohio Univ. LIGHTS Regional Innovation, Building Bridges to Careers, Hocking College & the Village of Somerset).

Rebranding Continues

Buckeye Hills Regional Council continues its rebranding and name change efforts with the recent update of the corporate headquarters sign. Stop by to see us!
2018 Transportation Meeting Dates:

Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Technical Advisory and Citizens Committee Meetings
The Buckeye Hills Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Technical Advisory 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.
Profiles and Projections of Ohio's 60+ Population: County-by-County
Counties located in the Buckeye Hills Regional Council district ranked both first and last in the state in the "Aging of Ohio" ranking of oldest to youngest counties. The median age in Ohio is 39.3. In first place for the oldest county was Noble with a median age of 47.9 of its population 60-plus and Athens ranked in the 88th spot with a median age of 28.2.
Remaining county ranks included:
#3 - Monroe (46.3)
#10 - Morgan (43.8)
#12 - Washington (43.6)
#17 - Meigs (42.8)
#18 - Hocking (42.7)
#60 - Perry (39.8)*
Of the total Buckeye Hills region population of 260,084, approximately 28 percent are 60+. An estimated 57 percent of the 60+ residents live alone; 44 percent are at high nutritional risk and 62 percent live in poverty.

Total 60+ Population**  
 12,334 (19%) 
 9,457 (15%) 
 2,877 (4%) 
 8,256 (28%) 
 6,486 (22%) 
 1,770 (6%) 
 6,866 (29%) 
 5,237 (22%) 
 1,629 (7%) 
 5,139 (35%) 
 3,911 (27%) 
 1,228 (8%) 
 4,848 (32%) 
 3,664 (24%) 
 1,184 (8%) 
 5,757 (39%) 
 4,666 (32%) 
 1,091 (7%) 
 8,763 (24%) 
6,794 (19%) 
 1,969 (5%) 
 19,803 (32%) 
 14,932 (24%) 
 4,871 (8%) 

According to US News, The Best States for Aging ranking determines which states are most effectively serving their senior citizens by keeping them healthy, financially secure and involved in their communities. States are scored relative to each other in 12 factors that average into one overall score. Ohio ranked 25th. 

Communities should be thinking about how best to make quality-of- life improvements for the rapidly-growing senior populations. Bearing in mind that these improvements benefit all age groups.

* Source: Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey ** US Census   
Local Produce Growers Needed for 2018 Senior Farmers' Market Program
Do you or someone you know grow a large garden? Want to earn a little extra cash? Did you know you can participate or refer someone to the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program that sells produce to eligible seniors?
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons to buy produce from approved providers. 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.
Local produce grower are needed to participate in the Market program. For more details on what products are included in the program or to become an authorized SFMNP provider, contact Buckeye Hills Regional Council at 1-800-331-2644 - ext. 2420.  

SFMNP is a USDA and Ohio Department of Aging program in which grants are awarded to provide coupons to low-income seniors. Senior registration information will be available in early Spring.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider

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

Ohio's Home Energy & Assistance Program can help with winter 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 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Changes Announced

With the recent retirement of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director Kim Flanigan from Buckeye Hills, program administration for the 8-county region is now being coordinated through the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Questions regarding Ombudsman services and referrals should now go to 1-800-282-1206 or to

More details about services are available at

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




Dominion Energy
MIBA Sinter  
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP  
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 Feb. 28, 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
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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