Federal Official Announces Money For Region

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The Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development visited Oak Hill and Gallipolis Friday to announce a grant and a loan.


Doug O’Brien says the WSOS Community Action Commission in Oak Hill received $185,000. The money will be used to build a more effective and efficient water system.


The grant will assist 11 rural communities in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.


Gallia County is the awardee of a loan for $744,000. O’Brien says the loan is to purchase an existing building where the Gallia County Department of Job and Family Services is housed.


"At the end of the day, we will be able to save the state thousands of dollars every month so that they can keep jobs and keep delivering those programs, again to build stronger communities," he said.


The grant is a three-year foundational grant.


"It will help the small foundations grow, and actually I think they are gonna help create some new foundations in small towns and counties," O’Brien said.


The funding announcement was part of O’Brien’s two-day economic and local foods tour in Ohio.