to River Hills EDD & RPC
Hills was formed in 1974 along with the other Economic Development
Districts in the state of Indiana. The Economic Development
Administration (EDA) provides yearly funding and, as such,
defines River Hills' scope of work. The main goal of River
Hills is to assist local governments with development needs.
One of our yearly requirements is to complete a Comprehensive
Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the District. This
report assesses the problems that exist within each community,
rating them by priority and feasibility. The CEDS report maintains
the District's eligibility for EDA funding, a major source
of infrastructure grants. Since 1990, River Hills has secured
secured over $15 million for public facility projects within the
five county district. Over $22 million dollars in EDA financial
assistance has been received since 1980.
Another important element of the EDA scope of work involves
project development services related to the needs of local
government. River Hills follows a system of maintaining contact
with communities to ensure an awareness of their needs. Because
of the District's financial needs for projects such as public
facilities and planning activities, River Hills' assistance
often comes in the form of project development necessary for
the solicitation of grant funding. River Hills also provides
guidance, information, advice, and coordination related to
issues concerning local government. In addition, River Hills
serves as a depository for the most recent census information.
For a fee covering the cost of services, River Hills provides
grant administration services for approved projects under
contract. These contract revenues make up the remainder and
most substantial portion of River Hills' funding. In 2006, River Hills has entered into agreements with both the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to provide services needed by the state and federal government on a regional basis.
However, it is the EDA funding matched by the county funds that enables the project development services to be provided. It is the combination of project development services with project management services that provide the most direct benefit to communities.
In 2006, River Hills began providing grant writing services to the Southern Indiana not-for-profit community. Through this program, grant research, grant writing, and technical assistance, performed by a professional grant writer, are made available to local organizations for an hourly rate.
Hills serves the following five counties in Southern Indiana:
Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington. Within the
five counties there are 33 local units of government with
a total population of 251,803. Funding sources and levels
for River Hills include a typical annual non-contract level
of approximately $99,000. Annually, River Hills receives a
grant from the Federal US Department of Commerce, Economic
Development Administration (EDA). For the year 2006, the EDA
grant amount is $51,628. The remaining $49,000 is provided
through local country contributions that are requested on
a per capita rate.