WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio for earning the 2014 Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Council on Foundations. This award honors philanthropic foundations that have worked to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate income Americans in communities across the country through partnering with the public sector.
“Strong rural communities demand economic investment and development,” Brown said. “That’s why the work done by Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is so important. Its success demonstrates how public-private partnerships can leverage resources to help enrich communities.”
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s winning project, the Growing Home Initiative, launched in 2012 to create geographic affiliates in communities that lack local philanthropic resources and to develop and grow community funds for various community enrichment projects. The Foundation’s public partners were the USDA, JobsOhio, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, and the Villages of Coalton, Freeport, Middleport, Quaker City, and Rio Grande.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years. In 2014, he was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill that had been stalled for more than three years. Brown supported a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill to encourage economic development in rural communities.