$1.5 million to be awarded to Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia

By Staff Reports, the Athens Messenger

September 16, 2021

The Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia was awarded $1.5 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission to invest in natural and cultural assets across seven southeast Ohio counties. The goal of the grant would be to ultimately foster small business expansion as well as jobs creation and retention in order to build local wealth and prosperity.

ORCA, a council of governments, is a centralized group created to serve local governments and private investors to develop the region with outdoor recreation opportunities. Key partners include Wayne National Forest, Buckeye Trail Association, ACEnet, Ohio’s Winding Road, Rural Action, Athens County Economic Development Council, and the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Read more at the Athens Messenger website: https://www.athensmessenger.com/news/1-5-million-to-be-awarded-to-outdoor-recreation-council-of-appalachia/article_dc609507-85db-547d-9b0b-b3b7860f89cf.html




The Athens County Economic Development Council is ecstatic to hear that the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) has been awarded a $1.5 million POWER grant from ARC! This grant will support not only outdoor recreation programming but also community planning and economic development initiatives which are vital to the region!