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Appalachian Region To Get $5M For Tech Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Ohio's Appalachian region is among 13 regions across the nation receiving a total of $65 million to boost economic development, reports Copley News. Appalachian region will get as much as $5 million to promote the growth of the computer gaming industry in Ohio,

The Athens. Ohio-based Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio, a nonprofit organization promoting the information technology industry, appears to be the primary recipient in Ohio.

The grant may also benefit affiliated organizations, including the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science, a statewide virtual school focusing on computer science.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao said the grants are designed to, "better leverage a region's assets to help workers succeed in the 21st century worldwide economy."

Each recipient will receive an initial $500,000 grant with an additional $4.5 million to come after submitting a regional implementation blueprint, officials said.

Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover said the Information Technology Alliance will use the funds to promote the computer gaming industry in the region, as well as animation for training, physical therapy and other uses. It is not related to the use of computers for gambling.