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More than 1,000 Ohio Youth are Trafficked Each Year; Toledo Has Been Ranked as High as Fourth Nationally in the Number of Trafficker Arrests and Victim Rescues. Brown Urged Administration to Make Toledo First in Line for New Funds
Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $250,000 in new federal funds for the Morgan County Commissioners to upgrade the water tank for the Bishopville Water District.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office hosted a Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM) conference on Thursday for Ohio public funds managers in Bowling Green. CPIM provides local government investment officers with continuing education training as they work to safeguard taxpayer dollars
Ashtabula is making significant progress toward upgrading its wastewater treatment plant to reduce phosphorus and nutrient discharges, thanks to a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA. Ashtabula will design major upgrades to ultra-violet light disinfection equipment, a final settling tank and digester. The equipment will be able to reduce nutrients coming into the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Earlier today, Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) voted for the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042). This legislation, which Johnson co-sponsored, would prevent the EPA from implementing some of the most extreme emissions standards in the agency’s history:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today commending House passage of the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042), introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Ashtabula today to mark the completion of the redevelopment project at the former First Energy C Plant, known as “Plant C.” Brown helped secure $1.55 million for redevelopment of the facility, which serves the water needs of Ashtabula’s industrial community and helps sustain more than 1,000 jobs.
 There were 2,926 central Ohio homes and condos sold during the month of May, a 17.8 percent increase over April and an 8.4 percent gain over May 2014. This puts the total number of homes sold for 2015 at 10,531, which is highest number of homes sold on record for the first five months of the year, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded $95 million in tax credits to two community development agencies in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District. The Cleveland New Markets Investment Fund, LLC received $50 million and the Development Fund of Western Reserve (of Akron) received $45 million.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $3,500,000 in federal funding for a generator development project at SunPower Inc. in Athens. “The generators built at SunPower could serve as a model for energy efficiency efforts across the country,” said Brown. “This award is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s innovative power companies.”
More than 6,500 bridges in Ohio are deemed “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” and in need of critical repairs, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). These bridges rely on funding from the highway bill – set to expire at the end of July – for improvements and upgrades. With a deadline fast approaching, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called for a bipartisan approach to fixing America’s highways and bridges by passing a long-term transportation bill
Following the release of Northeast-Midwest Institute’s report on reducing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called for improved water quality monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The Institute, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, found that water quality monitoring in the area is not robust enough for researchers to determine whether agricultural management practices are working.
The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Board today announced the recipients of the 2015 Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program awards, used to fund the construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing communities in Ohio. More than $30 million in federal housing tax credits was awarded to 40 developments that will serve families, seniors and individuals with disabilities in rural, suburban and urban areas.
Wayne Homes, an Ohio-based custom home builder that specializes in affordable on-your-lot homes, announced the release of their new two-story floorplan called the Cedar Hill Thursday. The 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home has over 2,000 square feet designed with an open-concept main living area and first-floor master suite.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $250,000 in federal funding for the Noble County Commissioners to replace storm sewer infrastructure in Belle Valley. “Flooding and standing water can affect residents and business if it does not drain in a timely manner,” said Brown. “The funding will give Noble County the ability to improve storm water management in Belle Valley.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $250,000 in federal funding for the City of Jackson to make needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. The funding was awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today announced that a Central Ohio organization will receive New Markets Tax Credit allocations from the Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) will co-chair a joint subcommittee hearing titled “A Review of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration” with Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) and his Subcommittee on National Security
Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing that $45 million in federal funds has been allocated to the Development Fund of Western Reserve Inc. to support economic development projects that will create quality jobs and provide commercial and community goods and services to residents throughout the organization’s 18-county service area in Northeast Ohio
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) is pleased to announce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grants to the City of Euclid to improve Lake Erie water quality. Totaling $174,206, the grants will be used to construct rain gardens and bioswales in Sims Park as well as bioretention ponds and porous concrete in Euclid’s municipal parking lot.
Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Nearly $650,000 in NeighborhoodWorks Grants to Improve Housing Opportunities

Washington, D.C. – March 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Tim Ryan announced nearly $650,000 in successful grant approvals today awarded for both Neighborhood Development Services in Ravenna and the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation Inc. Neighborhood Development Services was awarded $572,500 in grant funds, and East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation Inc. was awarded $176,000 in grant funds. NeighborhoodWorks America has awarded these grants in order to create opportunities for people to obtain affordable housing, improving their lives and strengthening the communities in which they reside. more »

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