Buckeye Hills Launches Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network

Buckeye Hills Regional Council launched the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network with an exciting announcement from its Marietta partner, the Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter Nov. 15.  Watch Our Project Video!

At the event were (from left) Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews with BHRC Executive Director Misty Casto and ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton here to celebrate the regional POWER project.

Buckeye Hills was awarded $1.2 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support start-up of the gateways. The Innovation Gateway Network focuses on increasing employment and prosperity through alternative learning and career pathways. It will serve residents in eight Ohio counties (Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington) and Wood County in West Virginia.

“Buckeye Hills Regional Council is pleased that the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network project was funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. We are excited for the network project launch and how it will help workers and communities to recover employment and income, strengthen and diversify local economies and grow, retain and attract talent to the region,” said Buckeye Hills Regional Council Executive Director, Misty Casto.

The Innovation Gateway Network will consist of three multi-use facilities, one each in Somerset, Nelsonville and Marietta, Ohio. Each facility will host an innovative program of learning, makerspace activities and development of entrepreneurs. The project ties together the efforts of three Appalachian communities, magnifying the impact of their work in addressing common challenges.

Casto added that a variety of anchor regional partners are supporting the Gateway’s success including Ohio University LIGHTS program that is leveraging innovation gateways and hubs toward sustainability in a much broader portion of the Appalachian region.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council was founded in 1968. Visit us on online at http://buckeyehills.org/appalachian-ohio-innovation-gateway-network/