What We Do
Sunday Creek Horizons is a full-service firm that provides issue advocacy and strategic communication, real estate development, and business development services to a broad range of clients -- with a particular focus on Appalachian communities and causes.
Our firm was formed with a simple, clear mission: to improve the lives of Appalachian Ohioans. We strongly believe in the boundless potential of our region, and believe that Appalachian communities deserve a seat at the table when resources are allocated in the halls of power. As our firm grows, so does our commitment to social impact investment and authentic engagement.
Issue Advocacy & Strategic Communications Clients
Appalachian Children Coalition
The Appalachian Children Coalition is a 501c3
non-profit founded in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through collective advocacy and strategic investments, we aim for a future where every child has access to the care that they require at home, in school, and in their communities. Click below to read the ACC story.
Scioto Valley Piketon Area Council of Governments
In 2019, our firm was hired by the Scioto Valley Local School District to advocate for fair treatment by and proper compensation to the school district from the U.S. Department of Energy. In the ensuing years our advocacy efforts have launched community-wide. Click to below read the SVPA story.
Appalachian Partnership, Inc.
Sunday Creek Horizons is working with the Appalachian Partnership to expand the breadth and depth of Board membership, and to assist the nonprofit in pulling down millions of dollars in additional investment to Appalachian Growth Capital, the region’s only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia
Sunday Creek Horizons was engaged in March 2021 to assist ORCA in advocating for over $2 million to complete a full build-out of the Bailey’s Trail System, which, when fully developed, will be the largest mountain biking trail east of the Mississippi.
Washington County Commission
Sunday Creek became aware of the outrageous cost ($15 million) of the Devola sewer project in Washington County, and immediately began looking for ways to help. The County Commissioners have partnered with Sunday Creek to bring together stakeholders, approach state and federal funding sources, and place stories to highlight the unjust burden this project is placing on the community.
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
Sunday Creek Horizons has worked with OACCA since 2019, and proudly provides advocacy services in Washington and in Columbus to advance the interests of low-income Ohioans among key decision makers. In 2021, we were instrumental in securing over $500 million in rental assistance monies from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for OACCA to administer.
2020 U.S. Census
The 2020 Census was undertaken during a year of historic disruption to the status quo. Recognizing Appalachian Ohio might be significantly undercounted, amidst the disrupting of the pandemic, Sunday Creek Horizons created a first-of-its-kind complete count effort to encourage online responses to the 2020 Census.
Eastern Gateway Community College
Sunday Creek Horizons advances Eastern Gateway Community College's priorities through strategic advocacy in Washington and through strategic communication in the State.
Members of the Appalachian Funders Network
Sunday Creek planned and executed an Appalachian Broadband Townhall that included members of Congress and their staffs, to hear directly from Central Appalachian leaders about how the federal infrastructure package needs to address broadband buildout in our region. Sunday Creek turned out a strong contingent of lawmakers and their staffs from several states, and created an agenda to present targeted materials to key decision makers.
City of Athens
As remote work becomes more popular and allowed by employers nationwide, remote workers are spending significant time researching the right community where they can be happy workers and residents with their families. Sunday Creek Horizons has been engaged by the City of Athens to help finance the renovation of the historic Armory Building on Court Street, and to create a nonprofit to advocate for and attract remote workers to Athens.
Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools
One of Ohio’s largest public sector membership organizations is the 100-plus school districts that are part of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools across 32 Ohio counties. CORAS engaged Sunday Creek Horizons to approach the Ohio Legislature, and to advance concepts that will improve the function and effectiveness of K-12 education across districts that serve hundreds of thousands of children.
Real Estate Development Clients
In 2020, Sunday Creek Horizons responded to a request for proposals to work with Appalachian Ohio communities in the development of opportunity zone investment projects. In the ensuing months, our team has worked with four communities to assemble “shovel ready” projects focused on downtown revitalization and job retention. Today, we are continuing to press forward on multiple real estate development projects.
Woda Cooper Companies
Jeff Woda and Zack Space are both from and share a love for Eastern Ohio. Those common interests led to a friendship and partnership that had spanned a decade, helping to bring thousands of affordable workforce housing units to central Ohio. Now, Sunday Creek has partnered with Woda Cooper Companies to help communities in Appalachian Ohio leverage their American Rescue Plan monies to build safe, clean, new and fixed-rent workforce housing throughout Appalachian communities.
Sunday Creek was engaged to assist AHEPA in identifying a pathway to enter the affordable assisted living facility (AALF) market in Ohio. Low Medicaid reimbursement rates have historically prevented the creation of AALFs in Ohio and Michigan. Sunday Creek is helping AHEPA develop a pathway to build and operate AALFs for the state’s low-income senior population.
Business Development Clients
Sunday Creek Horizons works with Voyce, Inc. a technology that enables medical providers to deliver a more efficient voice translation services.
Sunday Creek Horizons has partnered with Abre, a disruptive educational technology company that enables local school districts to integrate services and better serve children.
Sunday Creek Horizons is partnered with Urban SDK, a next generation smart mobility platform that connects city & transportation planners to the reliable data sources they need to make confident, safe, and data-driven planning decisions.