Eastgate ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. It was established by an act of Congress in 1965. The Appalachian region is home to more than 25 million people covering 420 counties in 13 states from New York to Mississippi. Local Development Districts (LDD) work together with the states and ARC to promote regional strategies for partnerships, progress and prosperity. This partnership in turn assists the people of Appalachia create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. For more information about the ARC, visit their website.

The Eastgate ARC program is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia to provide matching grant funds to fill a gap for eligible applicants in support of projects that meet federal and state program goals. These projects are administered by the Local Development Districts. In Ohio, the four LDDs are: Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley, OMEGA, Ohio Valley Region Development Commission, and Eastgate. In 2016, the Ohio LDDs administered 50 ARC projects with a total project cost of $61,653,671 which resulted in 748 new jobs and another 1,7825 jobs retained in the region. See our 2016 Return on Investment report for more information.

2016 Ohio Appalachian Assistance Grants ROI Report

Eligible applicants:

  • Political subdivisions (county, city, village)
  • Educational institutions (school district and vocational school districts, colleges and universities)
  • Public institutions (port authorities, libraries)
  • Non-profit Organizations (community improvement corporations, social service agencies)

Federal ARC Priority Goal Areas

The Appalachian Regional Commission’s federal priority goal areas are listed below. For more information, please visit the ARC website.

  • Goal 1: Economic Opportunities
    Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy.
  • Goal 2: Ready Workforce
    Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.
  • Goal 3: Critical Infrastructure
    Invest in critical infrastructure—especially broadband; transportation, including the Appalachian Development Highway System; and water/wastewater systems.
  • Goal 4: Natural and Cultural Assets
    Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region’s natural and cultural heritage assets.
  • Goal 5: Leadership and Community Capacity
    Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

Information on the Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Suggested Performance Measures for federal ARC projects can be found in the 2016-2020 ARC Strategic Plan.

Through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia (GOA) state funds are provided for projects. Ohio is the only state in the ARC region to match the federal allocation with state funds. For more information about the GOA, visit their website. The Ohio ARC State Goals are summarized below:

  • Goal 1: Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  • Goal 2: Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  • Goal 3: Develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive.
  • Goal 4: Build the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) to reduce Appalachia’s isolation.

NOTE: Projects recommended for ARC funding by EASTGATE must have ALL matching funds committed.

Please contact Kathy Zook, Eastgate ARC Program Manager with any questions regarding ARC programming.

ARC News

Allison Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting Dedication

August 2017

Allison Ave Sewer Ribbon Cutting


The Board of Trumbull County Commissioners held a ribbon cutting dedication ceremony to announce the completion of the Allison Avenue Sanitary Sewer project. This project will enhance public infrastructure with the construction of a 2,574 linear foot sanitary sewer line in a Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) area with failing septic systems and notices of health concern from the Trumbull County Health Dept. The project area includes all of Allison Avenue with portions of Woodside Drive and Knox Avenue in Champion and Warren townships. This project will serve 18 LMI residential homes and reduce the failed septic system discharge into the Mahoning River. The sewer project finished construction ahead of schedule and came in under budget.  The project had a total cost of $568,700 receiving a $170,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant, $284,300 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and $114,400 Ohio EPA WPCLF Loan.

Partners involved in bringing this project to a successful completion including Utility Contracting, Inc., Lynn, Kittinger & Noble, Inc., the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, the Trumbull County Sanitary & County Engineer’s Offices and Champion and Warren Township officials.

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