WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised a $750,000 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) federal grant awarded by Appalachian Regional Commission to Ohio University. The POWER grant will help fund Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs’ Social Enterprise Ecosystem program, which helps enterprises and investors achieve greater impacts, attract and allocate resources, and increase contributions to building and growing Appalachian communities. 

“This is great news for Ohio University,” said Portman. “I’m excited that this grant will help support the university’s efforts to cultivate economic diversity, enhance job training and re-employment opportunities, create jobs in existing or new industries, and attract new sources of investment in Appalachian communities.” 

NOTE: This past May, Portman sent a letter to the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission to consider the competitive grant application submitted by Ohio University.