The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission had ther full commission meeting and election of officers on Friday, March 21 at the Red Barn Convention Center.
OVRDC is a regional planning commission established among Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties. The commission acts as a regional economic and community development agency that encourages development in its member counties. It was established in 1967, and is governed by a committee of 177 officials that include county and local governments, social service, and educational organizations.
OVRDC offers assistance with acquiring funding from numerous sources, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and the Ohio Public Works Commissions, as well as low interest financing to small business and trasnportation planning.
“This is a great organization and a great partnership that Adams County has, and we benefit greatly for being a member of the OVRDC,” Commissioner Brian Baldridge said.
Numerous projects have been funded with assistance from OVDRC, including the Beasley Fork Bridge and the Adams County Regional Medical Center Digital Mammography in 2012, the Manchester Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation Project in 2013, and the planned Adams County Medical Foundation Imaging Eqipment Upgrade for this year.
Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia Jason Wilson was the guest speaker at the meeting, which handled mostly procedural issues. Commissioner Paul Worler was elected the Caucus Chair for Adams County and Debora Plymail from Adams County was elected as Member-at-Large.
Executive Director of OVRCD John Hemmings was thrilled that the Red Barn was the location for the meeting. “I’ve driven down State Route 32 lots of times, seen the Red barn, and have been wanting to see inside there for a while now. It is a fantastic building, and we want to show off assets like that for our member counties. “
The last time Adams County hosted the semi-annual meeting of the ORVDC was in 2008. The meeting was attended by 86 individuals. Eli Bedel provided entertainment, Mary Miller catered the event, and the Seaman Flower Shoppe handled decorations.