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COMPASS grant will expand facilities

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Ryan Scott Ottney


PDT Staff Writer


The Governor’s Office of Appalachia on Tuesday announced three grants that have been made available for water/sewer projects and community improvement projects. Among them is a grant for COMPASS Community Health in Portsmouth in the amount of $60,800 from the State Appalachian Development Program.


According to the state office, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia works to improve communities in the diverse Appalachian region of Ohio — including more than 2 million people living in 32 counties.


“Partnering with local communities and the Local Development Districts, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia is working to improve the quality of life throughout the Appalachian region,” said Jason Wilson, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.


The Governor’s Office of Appalachia on Tuesday announced that COMPASS Community Health in Portsmouth will receive a $60,800 grant from the State Appalachian Development Program to renovate the Family Health Center entrance, expand the waiting room and construct a new testing laboratory. It is estimated the Health Center will provide primary health care to more than 700 patients in the Adams and Scioto county area.


A spokesperson from COMPASS was not available on Tuesday.


The Governor’s Office of Appalachia also announced grants on Tuesday for the City of Wellston, in Jackson County and Woodland Centers, Inc., in Gallia County.


The City of Wellston will receive a $250,000 grant from the State Appalachian Development Program to upgrade the North Water Treatment Plant, which was originally installed in 1927 and last upgraded in 1993. The project will eliminate sanitary risks and increase the plant’s capacity. Woodland Centers will receive a $52,100 grant from the Area Development Program to install handicap doors at the Gallia Clinic and replace videoconferencing units with new technology to provide telemedicine capabilities in Jackson and Meigs counties.


Grants provided by the Governor’s Office of Appalachia are designated for projects that will improve the community infrastructure to encourage economic development and strengthen the region’s ability to compete in the global economy.


Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTWriter.

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