Washington, DC – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) met with a delegation of Youngstown elected officials and community leaders to congratulate them on receiving a $10.8 million BUILD grant (formally known as TIGER Grant). The delegation was in town for meetings with officials at the Department of Transportation regarding their award, and included Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown, 1st Ward City Councilman Julius Oliver, 3rd Ward City Councilman Nate Pinkard, Youngstown Law Director Jeff Limbian, Director of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Jim Kinnick, Youngstown/Warren Chamber of Commerce President James Dignan, Youngstown State University Associate Vice President of External Affairs Michael Hripko, Western Reverse Transit Authority’s Charlie Nelson, WRTA Executive Director Dean Harris, 7th Ward City Councilwoman Basia Adamczak.
These funds will support a critical infrastructure project that will provide autonomous transit shuttles, transit waiting environments, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, green infrastructure such as permeable surfaces and LED lighting, streetscaping, and wayfinding to connect anchor institutions such as Youngstown State University, Mercy Health, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Eastern Gateway Community College.
“This federal investment will be transformative for the City of Youngstown and our entire region. This announcement was the culmination years of hard work and a highly collaborative, public-private partnership. I want to thank Director Jim Kinnick and the staff at Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Mayor Brown and the teams at YSU, Mercy Health, WRTA and The Chamber of Commerce for their steadfast belief in this project. Everyone here had a part to play, and remains committed to ushering in a new era of growth in Youngstown. That dedication is what got this grant over the finish line. I’m thrilled to have been in the trenches with them fighting for this critical project,” said Congressman Ryan.