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

Two ARC grant recipients celebrate the opening of their new facilities with a ribbon cutting open house dedication in Ashtabula and Warren, Ohio.

December 2016

Congratulations to the Ashtabula County Medical Center (ACMC) and Warren YWCA in expanding access to health care and education initiatives within the Eastgate ARC Local Development District. The celebrations both took place on December 7th with tours at each new facility. ACMC marks the opening of the state-of-the-art oncology pharmacy that complies with recently upgraded FDA regulations, five new fully-equipped chemotherapy infusion bays — bringing its total to 14 — four more private examination rooms, and new flooring and furniture in the larger space. It is anticipated this project will provide 572 patients improved access to health care, 2,300 treatment sessions per year, create six medical professional jobs, and retain nine jobs. The YWCA in Warren constructed a tech-friendly classroom including computers, equipment, and accessible restrooms to create an on-site computer technology program that will provide education and training to better prepare students, out-of-school youths, and adults for post-secondary education and job skills. The facility is known as the STEM Empowerment Lab. This program will assist women and youths with improving math and literacy scores, attain a diploma or GED, financial literacy, increase computer skills and improve job readiness. Thank you to the grantees for their dedication in improving the lives of the people of Appalachia.