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Monthly News & Updates:
June 2017
Athens Manufacturer Receives Emerging Business Award

Athens Mold & Machine, a tire mold manufacturing company in Athens, OH, was presented with an Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) Emerging Business Award for 2017 for its efforts to restart and add jobs.

Presenting was nominator Sara Marrs-Maxfield, Executive Director Athens Economic Development Council to Dave Wilson, a long-time Athens Mold & Machine employee.

Buckeye Hills was pleased to support the project through an Appalachian Regional Commission $500,000 access road grant for the US 33/50 interchange near the industrial area.

Buckeye Hills Region Receives Funding for Small Government Projects

Competitive. It's a word that's defined as being characterized by competition. It can also mean as good as or better than others of a comparable nature. In the case of the recent round of grant applications from the Buckeye Hills region for the Small Government Commission, all five of the projects submitted were competitive enough to receive funding.

The Small Government Commission provides grants and loans to villages and townships with populations in the unincorporated areas of less than 5,000. Project applications are selected from those not funded through the Ohio Public Works Commission District Integrating Committee and are submitted by the Districts to compete on a statewide basis. The current annual allocation is $17.5 million. Buckeye Hills serves as the liaison for the Ohio Public Works Commission District 18.
Using GIS & Mapping to Give College Students Real-World Experience While Giving Back to the Community

Bret Allphin moved to Marietta, Ohio, to attend Marietta College on a soccer scholarship after graduating high school in Pennsylvania. He's made Marietta his home ever since graduation in 2001.

He began his career with Buckeye Hills' Development area and has grown its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Mapping program exponentially.

One thing Allphin enjoys is giving back to the Marietta community and his alma mater, Marietta College. So, when he heard about an opportunity to enhance GIS offerings there, he jumped at the chance to be of support.

"Marietta College's liberal arts approach is powerful and complements every major," said Allphin. "If you have the aptitude to use GIS, it is a very powerful combination. Many places are using this now because you may have to consider economic trends or you may need to collect data in the field. GIS gives you a way to track this digitally and then use the information in a productive and valuable way."

Partnering with Dr. Matt Young, Professor of History, who was teaching a GIS course, they provided students a real-world project opportunity, and they provided the City of Marietta with a real-world outcome.

During fall of 2016, Allphin became aware of a rising concern among local citizens, business owners, and public officials around the availability of parking. Allphin identified this as an opportunity to arrange a joint project between Buckeye Hills, Marietta College, and the City of Marietta that would create: updated parking inventory information for the city; a meaningful classroom project for Dr. Young; a productive collaborative relationship between Buckeye Hills and local partners.  

During the spring of 2017 Marietta College GIS students completed a parking inventory for the central business district of Marietta. This project provided valuable real world GIS experience to the students, and gave valuable data to city officials. The innovation in this project was not the parking inventory, but the collaboration between the three parties to come up with a solution to a challenge where the outcome benefited multiple parties.

As an outcome, the City of Marietta central business district has an updated parking inventory and the Marietta College students had a real world project with a local partner.  

"This project allows the City of Marietta to make better informed decisions about how they are going to address downtown parking challenges, and to better place development resources and energies," said Allphin. "The City has a very active downtown community with many vibrant small businesses, restaurants, theaters, and other assets. Parking and the perception of parking is a key issue affecting all those assets."
Casto Participates in Washington DC
Capitol Hill "Fly In"

NADO Executive Committee Members pictured left to right are, Immediate Past President Jeff Kiely (NM), President Lynne Keller Forbes (SD), First Vice President Doug Elliott (IA), Second Vice President Scott Koons (FL), Treasurer Kevin Byrd (VA), and Secretary Misty Casto (OH)
As a member of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Executive Committee, Misty Casto, Executive Director of Buckeye Hills Regional Council, participated in its Washington, D.C. Fly-In.  During their visit, NADO Executive Committee members held outreach meetings with key federal agencies, congressional committee staff, and strategic national
partners including: White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development; U.S. Economic Development Administration; U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; National Endowment for the Arts; House Appropriations Committee; Senate Appropriations Committee; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee;Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs and the American Association of Community Colleges.
During their visits, the Executive Committee focused on budget and policy issues important for NADO members' efforts to foster community and economic development in their regions across the country as well as developing strategic partnerships for the organization.
Casto Honored with Community Service Award

Buckeye Hills' Executive Director Misty Casto, Class of 1997, was honored with the 2017 Washington State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service, presented by President Bradley Ebersole.Shown with Casto (center) are Buckeye Hills Fiscal Director Denise Keyes and Development Director Bret Allphin.

Two Area Residents Honored as Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductees 
Two Buckeye Hills region residents were honored in May as part of the 2017 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame class. Betsy Ross Koller of Malta (Morgan County) and Samuel Joseph Jones of Glouster (Athens County) were inducted.

Betsy Ross Koller of Malta (Morgan County)
Samuel Joseph Jones of
Glouster (Athens County)

The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Since 1977, more than 450 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.

Ross Koller's artwork would fill libraries. Her 18th-century Swiss style of painting is inspired by the Appalachian countryside of her youth and the places around the world where she has lived. She uses her talents to benefit various charity foundations and inspires others in the process. 

Her most cherished project currently is with her alma mater, Ohio University. Mrs. Koller is creating four seasonal paintings of the campus to support the Appalachian Scholars program, which raises funds for young adults in the region to pursue a college education that they might not otherwise afford. The university sells reproductions, greeting cards and other products bearing her images. The first two paintings in the series, "Homecoming at Ohio University" and "Winter at Ohio University," have been well received, and she currently is working on the spring and summer pieces.
Read more.

For the better part of six decades, Samuel Joseph Jones has been training young people to be champions in and out of the ring. As a three-time National Kickboxing Champion, he has competed in matches around the world, including a nationally televised fight at Madison Square Garden. Since retiring from professional boxing, he has used his boxing experience to shape the minds and bodies of young athletes.

Mr. Jones' father opened the Glouster Boxing Club in 1936. Today, the club stands as Ohio's oldest gym. The younger Mr. Jones took over operations in 1960 while he was still competing professionally. He retired from competition in the late 1970s and began coaching children at the gym. Read more

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame inductees. Scenes from the Induction Ceremony at the Statehouse...
State Senator Troy Balderson presents a commendation to Betsy Ross Koller.

Photos courtesy of ODA. 
State Senator Troy Balderson presents a commendation to Sam Jones.
Sam Jones with Athens County Commissioner & Buckeye Hills Executive Comm. Vice President, Lenny Eliason. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Advocates Honored 

The Ohio Department of Aging & Ohio 's State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program honored program advocate volunteers across the state for their service.

From the Buckeye Hills Regional Council area, Jim Schultz was honored for 223.9 hours of service last year. Jim lives in Nelsonville 
and volunteers at Logan Health Care Hocking County.
Shown with Jim (center) is Joel Whetstone with ODA, and Beverley Laubert, Ohio's State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program Director.
Charlotte Kuehn, now in her 14th year of service, was also honored.

"Volunteer Ombudsmen provide an essential voice for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings," said Buckeye Hills region LTC Ombudsman Director Kim Flanigan. "Volunteer advocates offer encouragement and support and help residents understand their rights and resolve problems. They also often lessen isolation and loneliness many residents may experience."

According to the Administration on Aging, nationally, the ombudsmen's offices, that operate in all 50 states and the District, investigated 200,000 complaints in 2015. Of those, almost 117,000 were reported to have been resolved in a way that satisfied the person who made the complaint, and about 30,000 were partially resolved. At the top of the list were problems concerning care, residents' rights, physical environment, admissions and discharges, and abuse and neglect.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities call 1-800-331-2644.  
PASSPORT consumer Jake Vandall is aging in place a home -- where she prefers to be. Her care manager Lynn Linscott, RN, provides ongoing support through PASSPORT.
PASSPORT Supports Independence at Home

PASSPORT is helping families in the region providing in-home care for eligible seniors 60 years of age and older. Funded through Medicaid, last year PASSPORT allowed 1,280 seniors in the Buckeye Hills eight-county region remain at home for a fraction of the cost of nursing home placement. These consumers received more than $13.2 million in services from 142 regional providers.

PASSPORT is designed to promote independence for individuals at home with long-term care needs such as: personal care; home maker services; home medical equipment; respite services; home delivered meals and minor home modifications, to name a few.

A new PASSPORT program brochure is now available. Call 1-800-331-2644 for copies or download one at buckeyehills.org/aging

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ~ Wear Purple! 

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the U.S.?
That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the nation than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions.

Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that's only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2017, is an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. We invite you to wear purple and share information on your social media (Facebook post and option shared above at left)!  Watch/share a quick video 
Dates to Remember:
June 2 - Buckeye Hills Regional Council Executive
Committee Meeting
June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ~ Wear Purple!  
2017: Ohio Conference on Freight
(August 2nd - 4th): The Ohio Conference on Freight convenes over 300 professionals from across North America to share their expertise in the areas of supply chain/logistics, smart transportation technology, and federal and state policies supporting freight-related transportation and economic development. The Ohio Conference on Freight will kick-off with a tour on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 and plenary sessions and breakouts will be held August 3-4, 2017.

Click Here to Register 

Buckeye Hills Regional Council
 740-374-9436 or 740-373-6400 | 1400 Pike St. - Marietta, OH  45750 | www.buckeyehills.org

Misty Casto: Executive Director

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is organized as a voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions to foster cooperative efforts in regional planning, and implementing of regional plans and programs.