The Conotton-Sandy-Tuscarawas Valley Community Improvement Corporation evolved from the Village of Mineral City Council's Railroad Committee, where its focus changed to initially pursuing a public telecommunications tower to address the lack of cellular, wireless Internet, and other telecommunications services available in the area, particularly for uses during emergencies.

Former Mineral City Mayor Terry Nill and Railroad Committee advisor Daniel Van Epps pursued the non-profit Community Improvement Corporation model with its ability to submit grant applications and issue revenue bonds as the choice business and governance model for the project.

The CSTVCIC received its business license from the State of Ohio Secretary's office on 2-25-2009 and is currently pursuing IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption status to begin project financing.

The CSTVCIC differs from other CICs in that it will actively administer projects, does not assess trustees or staff membership fees, will not issue loans or grants, restricts trustees and staff involvement in project investments, and will offer project participants a voice with a Project Stakeholder Committee.

The CSTVCIC is currently an independent CIC, and later if agreed upon may be the designated economic development agent of political subdivisions within its jurisdiction. The current CSTVCIC jurisdiction includes Sandy, Fairfield, and Warren Twps. in Tuscarawas County, Pike and Sandy Twps. in Stark County, and Rose Twp. in Carroll County, although some projects and their services (i.e., cellular service) may extend beyond those jurisdictions.

More information is available via the Contacts page, and this page will be updated accordingly as the CSTVCIC grows.