Portman, Brown Renew Efforts to Provide Flexibility for Local Communities Upgrading Wastewater Systems

With local communities seeking cost-effective approaches to upgrading wastewater systems, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today announced that they have introduced the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act that would establish a national pilot program to ensure that the most innovative and cost-efficient solutions are available to local communities when complying with Clean Water Act standards.

Stivers and Beatty Legislation to Boost Housing Market Included in Highway Funding Bill

the House passed a long-term highway funding bill, which included H.R. 299 – the Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 – introduced in January by Representative Steve Stivers (R – OH) and Representative Joyce Beatty (D – OH). H.R. 299 provides regulatory relief for small, community-based enterprises in an effort to boost the housing market.

Statement from Rep. Gibbs on Publication of Clean Power Plan

“Between CPP and the Waters of the United States rule, the EPA has not met a massive power-grab it doesn’t like. Once again, this administration is abusing executive authority to implement a radical anti-energy agenda at the expense of hard-working Ohio families. Analysis of this plan has already concluded that the CPP will increase the price of electricity, and to move forward with implementation is irresponsible. I applaud the 26 states, including Ohio, suing the Obama Administration to stop this federal overreach.”

Latta Votes To Protect Affordable, Reliable American Energy

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of S.J. Res 23 and S.J. Res 24. The resolutions disapprove the two final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and existing power plants

Latta, State Conservationist Cosby Tour Wood County Farms

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and State Conservationist Terry Cosby of the United States Department of Agriculture toured Wood County farms to learn about various practices utilized to improve conservation and water management in farming.

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, outlined legislation to improve programs for homeless veterans and their families in East Cleveland today.

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Announces $1.4 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Case...

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Case Western Reserve University $1.4 million under the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN 2015 program.

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, outlined legislation to improve programs for homeless veterans and their families in Warren today. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 12 percent of the adult homeless population is comprised of veterans.

Latta On EPA Release Of Initial Algal Toxin Plan

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of their initial strategic plan to assess risks associated with algal toxins in public drinking water as required under legislation authored by Rep. Latta, H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act

Brown Announces Cleveland’s Designation for New Initiative for Communities Affected by the Foreclosure Crisis

The markets that were selected for the initiative’s expansion are Metropolitan Statistical Areas in which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each had at least 100 real estate owned properties valued at less than $75,000. The selected Ohio markets include Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland-Elyria, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo. Nationwide, the following areas have been designated for the initiative

Wenstrup Supports House Long Term Highway Bill

After a series of short extensions this year, the House of Representatives passed a long term highway bill Thursday for the nation’s roads and transportation systems without any tax increases.

Federal grant to aid rural transit and expand broadband access

The Transit Tech Ohio project has been awarded a $6.8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The money will be used to help rural transit agencies purchase hardware and software that allows them to schedule and dispatch transit vehicles.


The nation's largest statewide housing conference begins Tuesday, December 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and will be hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH)


On Wednesday, October 21, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Board approved $1.2 million to help COMPASS Family and Community Services develop a new 36-bed emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Sojourner House will serve men, women and children from Youngstown and the greater Mahoning area and will house a minimum of 100 individuals per year

Trumbull County to Improve Sanitary Sewers with Financing from Ohio EPA

The loan will assist in installing new sewers along Ridge Road to serve an unincorporated area of Howland Township, currently relying on home sewage treatment systems, many of which are failing. The area contains small lot sizes and unsuitable soil for leach fields. The high cost to replace failing systems would not be cost-effective compared to a centralized system. The project will bring about significant health benefits by removing untreated sewage, which is a health hazard, from the local environment

Cuyahoga County Property Receives Covenant Not To Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program

The village of Cuyahoga Heights has obtained a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating and remediating the former Sunar-Hauserman property. The property at 6551 Grant Avenue, Cuyahoga Heights, consists of about 21 acres. Originally developed in the 1950s, the property had been used as a manufacturing facility, making movable interior steel partitions and steel office furniture.

Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed ‘HABs Reporting Rules’ for Public Water Systems...

Requesting feedback from interested parties, Ohio EPA has opened an initial comment period related to the Agency’s new draft rules for public drinking water systems (and laboratories) as it relates to the reporting and monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Confirmed reports of these blue green HABs growing in Ohio’s lakes, reservoirs, and rivers were common this summer

Latta On Clean Power Plan Hearing

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement regarding the subcommittee’s hearing regarding the “EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Plants”.

Ohio EPA to Hold Workshop in Piqua; Assistance Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties

Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to promote resources available to help redevelop brownfields, or blighted properties. The workshop will be held Oct. 20, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center, 308 N Main St, Piqua.

Lorain County Community to Expand Storage and Treatment to Adjust for HABs with Finances...

The City of Avon Lake will construct additional storage and interconnection systems to prevent problems in the public drinking water system that can develop when Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are present. The city is receiving a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA.


Central Ohio Housing Report – December 2018

While the 2017 housing market was marked by renewed optimism fueled by stock market strength, higher wages and a competitive environment for home sales, 2018 maintained the competitive housing market amid less than stellar stock market performance and rising interest rates while housing affordability dipped to a ten-year low.