Regional government group approves priority project list

CAMBRIDGE – Members representing eight counties and six cities of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association met at Atwood Lake Resort recently to review and recommend projects to receive grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and Governor’s Office of Appalachia.

OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research and allocation of resources.

The FY2014 Project Priority List includes nine projects approved for recommendation to receive more than $1.5 million from the ARC and GOA. An additional $13 million will be leveraged by the grant funds for a total economic development investment of $14.5 million in the OMEGA District, which includes Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.

A total of 55 pre-applications requesting more than $8 million were received. The projects recommended for funding primarily focus on water and sewer infrastructure, roadway and airport improvements.