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OMEGA - Local Governments Working For Development
OMEGA is a collaborative body of member governments that serves as a facilitator between state and federal government agencies and local entities to provide opportunities in economic and community development through networking, education, planning, research, and allocation of resources.
We serve ten counties in Ohio: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, & Tuscarawas.
OMEGA has been awarded grant funds from the Federal Highway Administration and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to participate in a two-year Regional Transportation Planning pilot-program. In serving as a Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), OMEGA is tasked with forming a Citizens Advisory Board (CAB). For more information or to find our how you might serve on the Citizens Advisory Board, view or download our press release here.
The 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update was prepared by the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) in conjunction with the OMEGA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee and many state and local economic development partners. Click here to view/download/print this report (PDF File)
OMEGA Accepting ARC/GOA Grant Pre-Applications
The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) is committed to assisting communities across the region with securing grant funding for economic development projects. For consideration of funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) or Governor's Office of Appalachia (GOA) anticipated to be awarded in May, 2015, applicants are required to complete a Project Summary Pre-Application by April 4, 2014. The Pre-Application is now available online here or by calling Dana Soter, Project Manager at (740) 439-4471, ext. 205. The pre-application and ARC/GOA Goals and Objective are also provided. Projects must be located in one of the following counties: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum or Tuscarawas.
The pre-application collects basic facts about projects such as contact information, general project description, purpose, economic impact and budget details. Local governmental agencies and non-profit organizations may apply for the grant funding that is awarded on a competitive basis. Potential grantees may draw from the expertise and assistance offered by OMEGA to navigate the grant process.
Completed pre-applications are to be submitted to Dana Soter, Project Manager at email@example.com on or before Friday, April 4, 2014.
OMEGA ARC/GOA 2014 Application Timeline
February 4 - April 4, 2014: Solicitation of ARC/GOA Pre-Applications July, 2014: OMEGA will develop an ARC/GOA Priority Project List and recommend projects to the Governor's Office of Appalachia (GOA).
August/September, 2014: Applicants will be notified of the status of the pre-application and if the project is selected to move forward, applicants will be required to submit a "full" application. Dana Soter, OMEGA Project Manager, will work with each applicant to complete a full application package.
November, 2014 - May, 2015: OMEGA submits full application packages to the GOA for final review/approval by the GOA or Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Please take a moment to review the following points before completing a pre-application:
- Only government entities and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply
- Applicants may request ARC/GOA grant funding up to 50% of the total project cost - grant request cannot exceed $200,000
- There are multiple Goals and Objectives of the ARC and GOA (attachment and available on website). Please feel free to contact Dana Soter, Project Manager at (740) 439-4471, ext. 205, to discuss a potential project's eligibility.
- ARC and GOA grant programs are reimbursement programs meaning the applicant must us their match dollars first.
- ARC and GOA cannot reimburse an applicant for any costs associated with a project that were incurred PRIOR to the applicant having a signed grant agreement in their possession.
- Construction cannot begin until an applicant has a signed grant agreement in their possession
- Equipment cannot be purchased until an applicant has a signed grant agreement in their possession
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OMEGA Audit Report for June 30, 2013 available