Partnerships Lead to Trail Expansion

The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Region is a three-county, state region community of 124,000. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for region, BHJ is a leader in transportation, community development and job creation. We succeed through partnerships and cooperation as illustrated through the recent opening of the Three Trails Program at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Partners included BHJ, the Jefferson County Chamber, Jefferson County Commission, Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the National Park Service and RC&D Crossroads.

We are both a metropolitan planning organization called BHJ and a regional council called BH. Both designations follow federal mandates. In the case of BHJ, there are 342 such agencies in the United States. In the case of BH, there are 305 such agencies in the United States.. The key link is we’re regional in scope and provide an essential priority setting agenda for communication, collaboration and cooperation. With restricted revenue capacity, our 27 jurisdictions can not afford to “go it alone.” Partnerships and regional dialogue have stepped to the forefront. While demanding and challenging for BHJ and BH, continue to sustain a strong and fiscally accountable agency

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The work program for the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJ) and Brooke-Hancock Regional Council (BH) falls into the following categories:

  • Transportation Planning. Funded in part through the Ohio Department of Transportation and the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • Water and Sewer Infrastructure/Planning and Development Services. Funded in part through the Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and the West Virginia Department of Development.
  • Economic Development. Funded in part through the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
  • Brownfield Clean-Up and Redevelopment. Funded in part through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Local Project Development. Start-up research to substantiate partnership investments.   Funded in part through local dues.