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Governor’s Office of Appalachia
77 South High Street, P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001 U.S.A.
(614) 644-9228
(800) 848-1300

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 four goals in Ohio. They are:

  • Increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia to reach parity with the nation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy.
  • Develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the region economically competitive.
  • Build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

As I travel the region, I see and hear increased optimism about the future. Whether it is from the potential oil and gas expansion or the increase in the region’s agribusiness industry, the Appalachian region is poised to benefit like never before.

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.


Jason Wilson


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.