Nick McWilliams reporting – Through Appalachian Regional Commission and Governor’s Office of Appalachia grants, millions of dollars have been invested in Tuscarawas County since 2015.

Executive Director for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association Jeannette Wierzbicki met with Tuscarawas County Commissioners at their last meeting, updating the last five years in terms of projects completed by the group.

She says that through funding from both the ARC and GOA grant programs, the entire region that consists of Tuscarawas, Holmes, Coshocton and a host of others saw positive jobs reports and economic growth in 2019.

“We were able to retain almost 2,400 jobs throughout the region, create almost 500. The total investment was almost $50 million.”

Funds secured through the programs resulted in improvements across the county, including $150,000 for water, sewer, and road improvements for Newcomerstown, some $500,000 for Kent State University, $100,000 for the Tuscarawas County 9-1-1 system upgrade in 2015 and other projects.

Since the 1960’s, over $13.5 million has been invested in Tuscarawas County through ARC and GOA programs.

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