WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An eastern Ohio organization was awarded new federal resources to strengthen the regional economy and to create jobs. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association was awarded a $174,495 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Association (EDA) to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region. Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association coordinates public-private partnerships to develop economic activity in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas counties.

"These federal resources will lay the groundwork for small businesses throughout the eastern Ohio to have a better shot at creating new opportunities and jobs in small towns and rural areas," Senator Brown said. "Small businesses are essential to our economy, and through this award, local communities and their residents can lead the way in rural economic development."

The CEDS process brings together public and private sectors through the creation of an economic development framework that strengthens the economy and creates jobs in the region.

Last year, Brown introduced the The Business Incubator Promotion Act which would help make more Ohio communities eligible to receive funds that support business incubators through the EDA.