Brown Announces More Than $1.6 Million in Economic Development Funds for Ohio University

Funds Will Go Toward Establishing BOBCAT Network That Will Create Jobs and Attract Investments Throughout the Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1,603,204 to Ohio University and the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission to establish the Building Opportunities Beyond Coal Accelerating Transition (BOBCAT) Network. The BOBCAT network will work to accelerate the region’s economic diversification through entrepreneurial growth, workforce development, and identification of infrastructure investments needed.

“Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world, and the investments announced for Ohio University will help ensure workers and students in Southeast Ohio secure the resources they need to remain competitive,” said Brown. “I’m happy to see EDA recognize the strength of Ohio workers and Ohio universities, and I support any effort that invests in Ohioans and grows our state’s economy.”

These projects are funded under the 2018 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2108) program, through which EDA will award funds on a competitive basis to assist communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities.