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Governor's Office of Appalachia
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 848-1300

John Carey
Director, Governor's Office of Appalachia
(614) 728-3182

Julia Hinten
Program Manager
(614) 728-4878

Austin Ward
Program Coordinator

Welcome to the Governor’s Office of Appalachia Webpage. As the advocate for Ohio’s Appalachian region, our office works to coordinate economic and community development and partnership endeavors to improve the lives of those living in the region.

As part of our mission, the office works to execute the Appalachian Regional Commission’s five goals in Ohio. They are:

  • Invest in entrepreneurial and business development strategies that strengthen Appalachia’s economy;
  • Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia;
  • Invest in infrastructure, including broadband, transportation (including the Appalachian Development Highway System), and water/wastewater systems;
  • Strengthen Appalachia’s community and economic development potential by leveraging the Region’s natural and cultural heritage assets; and
  • Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to advance community and economic development.

We hope this website helps you understand more about the Office and how we can partner to leverage assets for the citizens that call Appalachian Ohio home.


The mission of the Governor's Office of Appalachia is to support local, regional, state and federal initiatives allowing the people of Ohio's Appalachian region to attain economic prosperity.

Ohio's four Local Development Districts, the Office of Community Development, and the Governor's Office of Appalachia collaborate to prioritize projects in the state's Appalachian counties and to administer Appalachian Regional Commission and state project funds. They also partner with local organizations, agencies, and individuals working to foster positive economic growth and improve the quality of life for all citizens in the region.