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African-Americans in Southeast Ohio
An excellent place to begin your study about the roles African-Americans played in the settling and establishment of the Appalachian region.

Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) is a private, non-profit community-based organization serving rural, mostly Appalachian, counties in eastern and southern Ohio. It is comprised of 17 Community Action Agencies that serve a 30 county area. COAD has three major program divisions: Community Development, Early Care and Education and Senior Programs. COAD also offers scholarship assistance and leadership development opportunities.

Governor’s Office of Appalachia
The Governor's Office of Appalachia (GOA) facilitates economic and social development in the 29 Appalachian counties of Ohio. The Office, involved with both short- and long-term planning, also serves as an advocate for the region by developing policy and promoting specific projects and proposals that originate from the region's residents.

Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development
The Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD) turns Ohio University's expertise into real-world assistance for Southeast Ohio and the State. The institute provides applied research and technical assistance to government and development organizations and serves as a public service learning laboratory for Ohio University students.

Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education
The Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education is a consortium of ten public colleges and universities in the 29 counties of Appalachian Ohio, established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1993 with the mission of increasing the level of educational attainment of residents in this region. The program unites colleges, universities, K–12 schools and the private sector to increase the region's college-going rate, which is currently only half the national average.

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission is a regional planning and economic development agency which coordinates federal, state and local resources to encourage development in 12 southern Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.

Rural Action
Rural Action has projects in 14 counties and makes an impact on most of the 29 counties of Ohio Appalachia. Rural Action's mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.

Southeast Ohio Magazine
Southeast Ohio magazine is a tool for learning. The staff is comprised entirely of student interns at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Southeast Ohio offers hands-on experience in all areas of magazine publishing, and provides our readers with an approach unique to regional publications. The magazine offers an illustration of the faces, personalities, events, and history and culture that define this region.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio was created in 1998 as a regional community foundation serving the 29 counties of Appalachian Ohio. As a 501(c)(3) public charity the Foundation works with donors and those who care deeply about the region to support regional improvement through the power of charitable giving.

Appalachian Arts Program
In 1998 the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) compiled a directory entitled Ohio’s Appalachian Arts and Crafts Resources.  The directory served as a comprehensive listing of Appalachian artists and craftspeople and was distributed statewide to people who were looking for artists to perform and exhibit at festivals and other community events. 

Appalachian Media Access Center
The Appalachian Media Access Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the people of Appalachian Ohio with free access to tools necessary for the creation and communication of electronic expression. They are home to Athens Public Access, which can be seen on Athens' Time Warner Cable channel 23. In order for community users to create programming, they offer training classes on cameras, editing stations, and studio, as well as computer classes. They also offer free computer usage to anyone in the community, including internet access, word processing, and games. The audio studio is currently under construction, but hope to provide more audio production capabilities soon.

Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools
The mission of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is to advocate for and support the public schools of Appalachia Ohio in the continuous improvement of educational opportunities available to all the region’s children. This statement of mission acknowledges that the region‘s public schools are an integral part of the public education system for Ohio and that the Coalition may support and join with similar efforts throughout the State to improve the educational opportunities for all children.

Economic Development in Appalachian Ohio
Federal, state, county and municipal agencies and the private business community are committed to a pro-business environment that will promote and sustain economic and job growth for the Appalachian region of Ohio. Whether your business is looking for a modern industrial building, a full service development location, or raw land suitable for commercial development, the quality and variety of sites available throughout the 29 counties is impressive. http://www.appalachianohio.com/

Edge of Appalachia: The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy has been working since 1951 with communities, businesses and people to protect more than 117 million acres around the world. Their mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. This site provides information about what is happening in Appalachian Ohio.

Hillbilly Bear’s Regional History of Appalachia
This personal site offers some banjo music and a chance to glimpse some interesting documents related to coal mining, early settlement of the regional area, and other facts pertinent to Ohio.

Library of Appalachia
While it appears that few SE Ohio libraries are currently linked to this site, it has potential for the future. All Appalachia states are listed and other resources included also are a quilt collection and a photo tour.

Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory
The Ohio Appalachian Artist Directory is a publicly searchable listing of artists that live and work in or near Ohio’s Appalachian region. The Directory is managed by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), and is free and open to the public for browsing and searching. The purpose of the Directory is to increase access to and communication among Ohio’s many Appalachian artists and arts organizations, and to help strengthen the role the arts play in the communities of Appalachian Ohio.

Ohio County Profiles
The 2004 Ohio County Profile, prepared by the Office of Strategic Research, Ohio Department of Development, presents a statistical compendium of selected demographic and economic characteristics associated with business and industry activity, and the amenities and services for Ohio and its eighty-eight counties. This publication provides users with a current statistical overview of Ohio that may be used in business decisions or policy making by business developers, researchers, planners, government leaders, social service agencies as well as the general public.

Parks to Peaks
The White Cloud Council (WCC), a national brain trust of conservation minded leaders inspire and assist communities to protect and restore America's natural heritage including urban parks, rural open spaces and wild lands. Parks to Peaks is designed to help people protect their special natural places in communities throughout the nation. Through Parks to Peaks, WCC is working to create a network of protected lands, from backyards to the backcountry, give a national voice to local land protection efforts, and strengthen the collective voice of the land conservation movement.

Rural School and Community Trust
The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization rooted in rural America. Our mission is to help rural schools and communities get better together. They work with a network of schools and community groups striving to improve the quality of education and community life and to improve state education policies.

Urban Appalachian Council
The Urban Appalachian Council (UAC) is a non-profit, social service organization that provides direct and advocacy services in communities of Cincinnati most heavily populated by Urban Appalachians. The Urban Appalachian Council was incorporated in 1974 to "promote a decent quality of life for the Appalachian citizens of Greater Cincinnati." UAC's programs focus on education, leadership development, family and human services, cultural celebration and access to employment and training.