Church Among Contributors To Gallia County Development Project

By
Kelsey Hoak

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Updated Thu, Apr 26, 2012 12:12 pm

A new Gallia County economic development initiative has received funding from several organizations, including a church.

River City Fellowship announced a $1,500 contribution to The Digital River Project Wednesday in Gallia County.
 
Pastor John O'Brien says the church and the project share the same hope of bettering the downtown area.
 
The church is planning to expand to a space located in downtown Gallipolis.
 
O'Brien says the church feels it is important to support the community.
 
"You know there's no unemployment in heaven but also theres no poverty, unemployment, those things aren't there so we really feel like it's important to support and really work to see that in our communities here," said O'Brien.
 
O'Brien says he hopes other churches and organizations will support the project.
 
Digital River Project officials say the non-profit organization works to bring business, innovation, entrepreneurship and technological advancement to Gallia County.
 
Committee chairperson Jodie McCalla says the project received grant funds which made it possible to direct more donation money to entrepreneurs. 
 
"The Downtown Development grant and the Holzer Foundation match to that grant provided our advertising dollars and then all of our donations so far have been going to help new businesses start," said McCalla.
 
Ohio Valley Bank and Wesbanco also have contributed to the project. To date, McCalla says the Digital River Project has provided funds to two new downtown Gallipolis businesses.
     
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