Appalachian Partnership, Inc. (API) advocates for policy that advances its mission: “to build enduring, widely-shared prosperity across Appalachian Ohio by building the private sector business economy and organizing a strong business voice for issues impacting the region’s economy.”
API’s formal policy positions are adopted from time to time by API’s Board of Directors and generally focus on big-picture issues affecting the region’s prosperity. API also joins with other like-minded organizations, such as the members of the Ohio Rural Development Alliance, to advance policy that is good for rural Ohio in general and Appalachian Ohio in particular.
API generally focuses on major principles in adopting and promoting its policy positions, rather than the specific implementation details. Some of the major areas where API has taken policy positions include:
Shale Severance Taxes: While API takes no position on the desirability of severance taxes on the oil and gas resources produced from its underlying natural resources, it has adopted principles for ensuring regional benefit from such taxes, if levied. Click here for a PDF of API’s position on shale severance taxes.
Broadband Internet: Availability of high-speed broadband internet services is critical to future economic prosperity of Appalachian Ohio. Click here for a PDF of API’s position on Broadband.
API and its APEG affiliate determined that prosperity of Appalachian Ohio is limited by the lack of infrastructure-served industrial property and modern industrial buildings. While tools existed for redevelopment of “brownfield” (previously used) industrial sites, Ohio had no resources available to help communities whose economic future is tied to the development of new “greenfield” industrial sites.
In 2019, working with various local, regional and statewide partners, and state legislators, API and APEG spearheaded introduction and passage of legislation which reauthorized and funded the Rural Industrial Park Loan Program (RIPL). RIPL is a previously successful program that had been dormant since 2011 which supports development of greenfield industrial sites. Every industrial property in Appalachian Ohio developed with the program through 2011 has been productively employed to advance private-sector industry in the region. API and APEG look forward to using this reauthorized program to develop the economies of communities across Appalachian Ohio.