Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville) praised the reopening of the Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center on Thursday. The lodge will be renovated and reopened through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and U.S. Hotels. "Knowing Burr Oak's importance to this region, I have remained a steadfast supporter of reopening the lodge," said Balderson. "In addition to the great facilities that this state park has to offer, this project brings the promise of jobs to so many deserving individuals." The Burr Oak Lodge was temporarily closed on January 1 of this year by ODNR. The reopening is far ahead of schedule as the closure was originally intended to last twelve months. Pending approval from the state Controlling Board, ODNR has committed $2 million to assist U.S. Hotels with necessary capital improvements. ODNR has requested feedback from the local community to ensure that Burr Oak's revamped business model is successful. As part of this effort, they will hold a public discussion at the lodge on Thursday, August 16 from 5-7 pm. Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend and share their ideas. Senator Balderson also encouraged those with ideas to contact his office at (614)466-8076 or email Prior to closing, the Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center was the largest employer in Morgan County, employing the equivalent of 45 full time employees. Parts of Burr Oak State Park are located in Athens, Morgan, and Perry Counties.
Senator Balderson represents the 20 Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties th
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