We have a new name! Buckeye Hills Regional Council


Programming focused on improving the quality of life for residents in Southeast Ohio

Community & Economic Development

Public infrastructure financing, planning, data analysis, research, and other technical assistance to local governments.

Aging & Disability

Programs, services, and case management focused on keeping elders and those with disabilities in their homes.

Transportation Planning

Transportation planning and outreach services focused on improving the transportation networks serving our citizens.

Mapping & Data

Data research and analysis as well as GIS and GPS mapping services.

2016 Ohio Appalachian Assistance Grants Return on Investment Report

About Us

Council of Governments

Formed in 1968 as a voluntary organization made up of representatives of local governments in Southeastern Ohio. Local Development Districts were formed to provide technical assistance to communities working to secure state and federal resources to help improve the lives of local residents.

  • Member Counties

    Representing Southeastern Ohio

  • Member Communities

    Cities and Villages

  • Staff Members

    Citizens Working For Citizens

  • Years of Service

    A Legacy of Cooperation and Assistance

Feel like taking a hike this holiday weekend? Check out the Hocking Hills! Learn more at:http://www.explorehockinghills.com/

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Watch for work zones as summer travel season begins
Ohioans also urged to buckle up over the Memorial Day holiday

COLUMBUS – The Memorial Day holiday is the unofficial start to summer and the beginning of the summer driving season. It’s also well into Ohio’s road construction busy-season which means holiday travelers will see orange barrels.

“We really need drivers to pay extra attention when passing
through work zones. Even though we do what we can to make them as safe as possible, work zones can be dangerous places,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray. “Last year, there were 6,041 work zone crashes resulting in 28 deaths. Drivers need to slow down and be alert, especially in work zones.”

We typically see a 14 percent increase in traffic on Ohio roadways during the Memorial Day weekend. That makes it the fourth highest traveled holiday of the year. This year will be no different, with AAA predicting 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home during the holiday, an increase of 2.2 percent.

Due to these increases, ODOT works to reduce the size and impact of work zones as much as possible over the holiday weekend. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead by following our social media accounts for traffic alerts and checking OHGO.com and the OHGO app to see work zone locations, live traffic conditions, and more than 600 live traffic cameras.
ODOT is also working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to encourage those traveling by vehicle to buckle up. More than 130 digital highway message boards will display "CLICK IT OR TICKET" and “BUCKLE UP BUCKEYES” over the Memorial Day holiday. Last year, of the 15 traffic deaths over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 4 were not wearing a seat belt.
(from ODOT)
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Development Director, Bret Allphin provides some information on "The Next Big Thing is Small" at the 6th Annual State of the Region Conference at OU. ... See MoreSee Less

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Retweeted Voinovich School (@VoinovichSchool):

Neff @ARCgov talks value of @US_EDA University center & Voinovich School to eliminate silos & achieve solutions for rural communities.#SOTR
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Retweeted G. Jason Jolley (@gjasonjolley):

@US_EDA Chicago regional director Jeannette Tamayo @VoinovichSchool #SOTR speaking on economic resiliency. t.co/2ZVvWlRaVJ
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This year’s Aging Eye Summit: Vision for Tomorrow, presented by Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, will be held at The NEW Center on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

CEU’s will be available for a variety of professions, including social workers.
Learn from the experts on variety of vision related topics, including:
• The most common eye diseases: age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract
• The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow and Ohio’s Vision and Eye Health Initiative
• Addressing Chronic Conditions among Older People with Vision Impairment
• Pharmacy Management of Visual Deficits and Co-Morbidities i.e. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Falls
• Impact of aging and vision on energy, mood and depression

This annual Summit is an excellent source of information for Vision Researchers, Clinicians, Allied Health, Public Health and Rehabilitation Professionals, Patients, Aging Network Professionals, Social Workers, Students, Bio-Science Funders and leaders from Government and the Bio-Tech Industry.


The Summit is free and includes a complimentary lunch.
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Along with the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging - o4a and members of the Ohio General Assembly, we proudly honored eight accomplished older Ohioans with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on May 18, 2017 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. “Older Ohioans have a lifetime of accomplishments and experiences that not only make them our elders, but also position them to be leaders and contributors in their communities,” said Stephanie M. Loucka, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “When older adults continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout their lives, they can help their communities address key issues and stand as examples for others to emulate.” The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors Ohioans for outstanding contributions to their professions, their vocations or their communities after age 60. This year’s inductees range in age from 73-90. Their stories are compelling and represent a lifetime of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion. Photos and brief bios of the inductees are available at www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/. Consider nominating an older Ohioan for next year's class. #AgeOutLoud #WellBeyond60 #OHseniorHOF

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Do you have concerns about falling?

Many older adults restrict activities due to the fear of falling. Inactivity can often lead to a weakened physical state or isolation, making the risks of falling even greater.

Matter of Balance is an 8-week, evidence-based program, designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.
You will learn how to:
• view falls as controllable
• make changes at home to reduce the risk of falling
• improve strength and balance
• increase activity and set goals

If you or a loved one are concerned about falls, have experienced a fall or would like to learn how to become more active, we encourage you to join this class

DATE: June 6th - August 1st
TIME: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: O'Neill Center
Please call the O'Neill Center to register at 740-373-3914.
Class size is limited.
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Our Team

Executive Staff & Program Directors
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Misty Casto

Executive Director
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Rick Hindman

Assistant Executive Director
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Bret Allphin

Development Director
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Denise Keyes

Fiscal Director
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Gwynn Stewart

Communications Director
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Jamie Lewis

MIS Director
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Jennifer Westfall

Aging Director
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Dawn Weber

Homecare Director
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Kim Flanigan

LTC Ombudsman Director
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Jill McCartney

Director of Outreach & Development

2016 Buckeye Hills Annual Report

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