ODNR is looking for approximately 10-15 acres with enough space for a building to house classrooms, the new mine simulator and ample outdoor space to hold mine safety competitions. Proposals can include acreage with already constructed buildings or land suitable to build.

Funding of $2 million for construction has already been earmarked in the state’s capital budget, which was recently signed by state Gov. John Kasich. When completed, the new mine training center will include a simulated underground coal mine, training rooms and space to hold federally required mine safety competitions.

Submitted ideas, which will be evaluated on location, accessibility, cost, available utilities and development costs, are due to the ODNR by Tuesday, July 15.

Until the new facility is built, mine safety training courses will continue to be held at the ODNR’s current mine safety facility in Cadiz, Harrison County.”