January 18, 2007
Space, Regula districts to get federal technology money
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON – Ohio’s Appalachian region, including Tuscarawas
County, will get as much as $5 million to promote the growth of
the computer gaming industry in Ohio, federal officials said
The grant also could benefit affiliated organizations, including
the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the Appalachian region is
among 13 regions across the nation receiving a total of $65
million to boost economic development.
The primary recipient in Ohio appears to be the Athens-based
Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio, a nonprofit
organization promoting the information technology industry.
Each recipient will receive an initial $500,000 grant with the
expectation of collecting an additional $4.5 million after
completing a regional implementation blueprint, officials said.
Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, whose congressional district includes
14 of the 22 counties served by the alliance, said the the grant
is “the start of something great” for southeastern Ohio.
Computer gaming refers to the use of computer games and
animation for training, physical therapy and other uses. It is
not related to the use of computers for gambling.
Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, said other ventures
that are part of a state partnership will benefit from the
grant, including the Regula school, a statewide virtual school
focusing on computer science; the Ohio University Voinovich
Center for Leadership and Public Affairs; and the state’s Third