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Resources for Appalachian Community Grant Program

Local Development Districts

Eligible Lead Applicants are encouraged to work with the procured planning entity(ies) and their Local Development Districts (“LDDs”) to develop plans and applications. LDDs are regional planning organizations for the Ohio 32-county Appalachian region. Ohio’s four LDDs, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments will serve as resource centers in applying for Appalachian Technical Assistance Grants and Appalachian Development Grants. 

LDDs will coordinate and establish partnerships for region wide and transformational projects. The LDDs will serve as a resource to an Eligible Lead Applicant in various capacities.  For example, the LDD can serve as a project administrator, coordinate partners for large-scale projects across multiple LDD territories, or serve as the interactive partner with the procured planner on behalf of an Eligible Lead Applicants. The use of the LDDs and the resources provided are not required when applying but are highly encouraged. Projects within the same county or geographical area are encouraged to partner when possible.

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Buckeye Hills

County Economic Status and Number of Distressed Areas in Appalachian Ohio, Fiscal Year 2023

Distressed County info from ARC


HB 377 (entire Bill)

HB 377 LSC Summary

HB 377 LSC Fiscal Notes

Federal ARPA Compliance and Reporting

U.S Treasury

WEBINAR: State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: An Introduction to the Final Rule

WEBINAR: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Final Rule Update

Infrastructure and Community Partners

Health Partners

Workforce Partners

*** Designates agencies with more extensive resources listed below

Department of Development Programs and Tools

 Ohio Department of Education Tools

  • Ohio’s SBHC toolkit- Ohio developed the School-Based Health Care Support Toolkit to support schools and districts as they begin new — or augment existing — school-based physical and mental health partnerships to meet the needs of the whole child. The toolkit provides guidance and resources to excite schools and care providers about school-based physical and mental health services and answers questions school and providers have asked.
  • Healthy Student Profiles- The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), in partnership with Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), released the third annual edition of the Ohio Healthy Students Profiles as a data resource for needs assessments and planning. The profiles include measures on health care interactions, health conditions and education indicators for the Medicaid-participating subgroup of students. There is a separate profile for each district and school with sufficient enrollment (30 students participating in Medicaid). The information is intended for educators and other community stakeholders who influence the policies and programs that support student wellness in Ohio. Importantly for education administrators, the profiles can inform the specific aims of Student Wellness and Success Funds (SWSF) and Base Costs, Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid, positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and school-based health care partnerships.
  • Ohio’s School based Health Alliance- is a statewide professional organization that provides guidance and technical assistance supporting sustainable models of care in the school setting.
  • National School based Health Alliance- national professional organization that provides guidance and technical assistance to support school-based health centers. Offers toolkits for physical healthcare, oral health, telehealth and various others.

Examples of health data to prove vulnerable population:

Ohio’s Opportunity Index’s Dashboard’s- Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index-  mapping of social vulnerability by census tract.

Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Explorer- Version of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index that uses data from U.S. Census Bureau to identify communities that may need support with a focus on minority, ethnic and language groups as well as medical vulnerability.

Ohio’s County Health Rankings-

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)- Healthcare Provider Shortage Area (HPSA)- Ohio’s Health Improvement Zones (OHIZ)-

ARC Programs Info



Construction Project Information

Summary: The Difference Between Ohio State & Federal Davis-Bacon Act Prevailing Wage Laws

Davis-Bacon Wage Laws requires contractors and subcontractors to pay prevailing wages to workers and mechanics on all federally funded construction projects over $2,000.

In addition to Davis-Bacon Act, there are almost 60 related acts that affect state and local projects funded partially or wholly by federal funds.

Here are some things to know about federal prevailing wage laws in relation to the Davis-Bacon Act:

  • In the past, federal prevailing wage laws mainly applied to infrastructure and transportation projects.
  • Executive Order 14026 (after January 30,2022) stipulates that the contractor must pay all covered workers at least $15.00 per hour, or the applicable wage rate listed on the applicable wage determination, (if it is higher) for all hours spent performing on the contract in 2022.

Ohio Prevailing Wage Laws

Ohio projects are triggered at higher dollar amount than D-B. “New” construction threshold for Building Construction is $250,000. “Reconstruction, enlargement, alteration, repair, remodeling, renovation, or painting” threshold level for Building Construction is $75,000

As of January 1, 2022: “New” construction that involves roads, streets, alleys, sewers, ditches and other works connected to road or bridge construction threshold level has been adjusted to $96,091. “Reconstruction, enlargement, alteration, repair, remodeling, renovation, or painting” that involves roads, streets, alleys, sewers, ditches and other works connected to road or bridge construction threshold level has been adjusted to $28,789.

Before advertising for bids, contracting, or undertaking construction with its own forces, to construct a public improvement, the Public Authority shall have the Ohio Department of Commerce-Division of Industrial Compliance, Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration determine the prevailing rates of wages for workers employed on the public improvement.

One of the biggest differences between the two is that Davis-Bacon requires the project posts wage/fringe rates no earlier than 10 days prior to project bid, and it is NOT adjusted for the life of the project’s construction. Ohio Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration requires the Contractor to adjust the covered wages/fringes rates ANY TIME they publish a new rate during the life of the project’s construction.

Both entities stipulate that the worker’s wages for (mostly) every covered job shall be computed on the basis of a standard workweek of forty hours. The employees shall be compensated at a rate of not less than one- and one-half times the basic hourly rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in the work week (base rate x 1.5 + fringe benefits = overtime rate).