Bob Proud, April 2015

Commissioner Proud elected to 25th term as chair of OVRDC

BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud was recently re-elected to his 25th term as Chairman of the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC), which coordinates federal, state and local resources to encourage development in 12 southern Ohio counties, including Clermont.

Proud was first elected chairman in March 1991, and has been re-elected annually since then. “I not only think but know that the reason Bob has continued to get elected as Chairman of OVRDC is the fact that he is a fair individual and has never let politics enter any decision that was made by the Executive Committee over the past 25 years,” said John Hemmings, Executive Director of the OVRDC.
This is his last term on the commission and as chair, Proud said. He will serve as chair through March 31, 2016.

“The OVRDC was set up in 1967, just a few years after President Johnson declared the War on Poverty, focusing on both urban and rural poverty, particularly in Appalachia,” Chairman Proud said. “For the Appalachian region in Ohio, which includes southeastern Ohio, that meant bringing more resources for projects to help the region economically. I am proud of what the OVRDC has accomplished over the years.”

Since 2005, the OVRDC, a local district of both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, has brought more than $211 million into the region. Besides Clermont, other counties include Adams, Brown, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.

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