Monthly News & Updates:
February 2018
Innovation Gateways Making Progress

The Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateways in the Buckeye Hills region are making progress and providing community options . Buckeye Hills was awarded $1.2 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support start-up of the gateways. The Innovation Gateway Network focuses on increasing employment and prosperity through alternative learning and career pathways. It serves residents in eight Ohio counties (Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington) and Wood County in West Virginia.

At 107 Lancaster Street, in Marietta, the Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter & Makerspace is now open. They are gearing up with new equipment and offering programs in the new location --  expanded from 1,200 sq. ft. to 4,590 sq. ft.  (shown above). Pamela Lankford serves as the Epicenter Director and Jenny Bruce is the new Makerspace Coordinator. Read more about the Makerspace

The Somerset Innovation Gateway offered its first Digital Works Boot Camp course offering in partnership with Digital Works and the Perry County Job & Family Services Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP) in its temporary location. Special thanks to AT&T Aspire for funding for the program. Digital Works focuses on job, work and life skills, as well as career exploration and success. Details will be available soon for a second Digital Works program beginning May 4 in Somerset. Learn more at
2018 ODOT Funding Application
Timelines Set

We want to draw your attention to the transportation funding application periods for Safe Routes to School, Small City and Municipal Bridge Programs. Applications are now being accepted by ODOT. In addition, Letters of Interest (LOIs) for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) are being accepted by ODOT, with the second part of the TAP process to open March1st. The chart below provides the time frames for each funding program's application period.

More details available at:  

2018 Transportation Meeting Dates:

Public Meeting Notice: 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.

The Buckeye Hills Regional Transportation Planning Organization Technical Advisory and Citizens Advisory Committee at the Jan. 19, 2018,  gathering at Buckeye Hills.
Funding Reminders:

Ohio EPA Offers New Emergency Generator Grants
To help community water systems increase their technical capacity to provide a continuous source of safe drinking water, Ohio EPA is now offering grants to reimburse the initial cost of emergency generators and the necessary accessories. 
A meeting of the District 18 Small Government Committee will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Buckeye Hills Regional Council, 1400 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio.
The purpose of this meeting is to select seven small government eligible projects, two of the seven being contingency projects, for submission to the Ohio Public Works Commission. Five of the projects selected at this meeting will compete for small government funding with other projects throughout the state of Ohio. If you have questions regarding this meeting, please contact Michelle Hyer at (740) 376-1025.
Natural Resources Assistance Council
The Natural Resources Assistance Council application and guidelines is now available for Athens, Belmont, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties.
Eligible projects are as follows:
  • Purchase of open space and the cost associated with making them accessible to the general public.
  • Protection of stream corridors.
    • Providing wildlife habitat.
    • Reducing erosion.
Who may apply:
  • Local governments.
  • Park and joint recreational districts.
  • Conservancy districts.
  • Soil and water conservation districts.
  • Non-profit organizations with a purpose in conservation and/or preservation.
If you are interested in applying for NRAC funding please email Michelle Hyer at or visit Buckeye Hills website at .
Applications are due to Buckeye Hills Regional Council on February 2, 2018 by 5 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this program contact Michelle Hyer at or call 740-376-1025. 
Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Releases Rural Prosperity Report & Recommendations

According to the USDA, Rural America includes 72% of the nation's land and 46 million people. Rural areas encompass regions that focus on
agricultural production as well as places where work is more often found in industries such as manufacturing, mining, and forestry.
With the voice of rural America leading the way, and in close collaboration with local, state, and tribal leaders, more than 21 federal agencies, offices, and executive departments identified over 100 actions for the federal government to consider in order to help improve life in rural America. The recommendations centered around these five key indicators of rural prosperity: e-Connectivity, Quality of Life, Rural Workforce, Technological Innovation, and Economic Development. Their work is available in the task for report. 
2018 Aging & Disability Program Quick Reference Guides Available
The Buckeye Hills Aging & Disability Division supports independence, choice and dignity -- and strives to bring choice to home and community-based care. A 2018 program overview with eligibility guidelines is now available.
Great for discharge planners, social workers and home health agencies, the resource provides a quick guide to identify programs and services that enable older adults and those with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities. Order printed copies by calling, 1-800-331-2644 ext. 2340.
Click Here to download the guide. 
Local Vendors 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 providers 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.
Comments from 2017 Program Participants:  
"There was a corner booth that sold green beans, red and green peppers, red onions and all kinds of fresh produce including red and green tomatoes. The selection of produce was wonderful and they were so helpful. They helped get all the stuff to my car,"
- Sylvia  
"I want to thank you for the coupons you sent me. I really appreciated them. I bought vegetables that otherwise I wouldn't have had the money to do so. God Bless you." - Mary  
"Thank you for this program. Fresh vegetables and fruits are pretty high in price for those on a fixed income. Thank you for what you do for seniors!" - Margaret

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 

Save the Dates! 
Feb. 2 - Buckeye Hills Regional Council Executive Board Meeting
Feb. 19 - President's Day Holiday: Offices Closed 

Feb. 23 - Buckeye Hills Regional Council Aging & Disability Division: Regional Advisory Council Meeting
April 6 - Semi-Annual Buckeye Hills Regional Council General Policy Council Meeting  
Oct. 5 - Semi-Annual Buckeye Hills Regional Council General Policy Council Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Hull & Associates

Schwendeman Agency Inc.  


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 Jan. 18, 2018:  
Thanks to Our 2018 $50 for 50 Partners!
  • Eastern Ohio Development Alliance 
  • Joe & Sally Matthews
  • Meigs County CIC
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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