Board Spotlight: Annual Meeting and ACGP Award Announcement for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

By: Kathy Zook, Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate) is pleased to share the news that after the past year of working with our communities and Procured Planners during the planning process of the Appalachian Community Grant Program (ACGP), award notices were recently announced by the DeWine Administration for successful projects. During the course of the year, the district has come together tirelessly to collaborate and strengthen our partnerships as a region with the private sector, elected officials, non-profit sector, local communities, Regional Chamber and Eastgate to identify projects of importance as submitted in our ACGP development grant on December 8, 2023. As the lead applicant for our successful ACGP grant, Eastgate appreciates the $19,628,618 awarded by the Ohio Department of Development and Governor’s Office of Appalachia (GOA) for the 10 projects in our three-county district through the Appalachian Waterfront Development Initiative. These 10 projects will provide sustainable, regional, transformative change for future economic and community development within our Appalachian region. The successful projects are listed below:

Appalachian Waterfront Development Initiative:


    • $936,960 – Lowellville Riverfront Park,Lowellville
    • $3,891,475 – Spring Commons Park, Youngstown
    • $1,188,264 – Struthers Community River Launch, Struthers

$6,016,699 Total MAH


    • $3,500,288 – Trumbull Downtown Riverfront Revitalization,Niles
    • $372,746 – Western Reserve Greenway Trail Renovations,Bristol Township
    • $4,338,581 – Mahoning Avenue Corridor Revitalization Plan,Warren

$8,221,615 Total TRU


    • $860,000 – Shoreline Restoration at Township Park, Geneva-on-the-Lake
    • $1,642,695 – Downtown Revitalization, City of Ashtabula
    • $2,621,152 – Downtown Geneva Revitalization, Geneva
    • $276,187 – Twin Bridges Kayak Launch and water Trail, Conneaut

$5,400,304 Total ATB

Total MAH                                                                                  $6,016,699

Total TRU                                                                                    $8,221,615

Total ATB                                                                                    $5,400,304

                        Eastgate ACGP Development Grant Total            $19,628,618


Eastgate also celebrated its 2024 Annual Meeting in May. The meeting celebrated Eastgate’s accomplishments in the past year, including the successful funding of all nine Mahoning River dams, awarded ACGP funding, and more. Read more about the annual meeting here.