Area receives state grants

By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog C-N Capital Bureau Published:

COLUMBUS -- The state Controlling Board OK'd $200,000 in grant funding Tuesday for local government projects in northwest Ohio.

Health districts in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Putnam and Williams counties will receive $100,000 to study ways to share services and better meet public health needs.

And the Putnam County commissioners will receive $100,000 to cover legal and associated costs of establishing a regional water and sewer district.

The two awards were part of nearly $2.5 million in grants and loans approved as part of the Development Services Agency's Local Government Innovation Fund.

The latter backs projects that promote "collaboration, efficiency, mergers and shared services among local governments," according to documents. "Projects are also expected to facilitate improved business environments and promote community attraction."

The Local Government Innovation Council signed off on the funding at its December meeting.

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