Portman Announces $2.3 Million CARES Act Grant to Ohio Development Services Agency to Help Ohio Businesses Respond to COVID-19

May 27, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH — Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) CARES Act Emergency Program awarded the Ohio Development Services Agency $2.3 million in federal grant funds to help Ohio businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ohio MEP, under the Ohio Development Services Agency, supports Ohio-based U.S. small- and medium-sized manufacturers, including rural manufacturers, in the prevention, preparation, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be used to provide services that directly support manufacturers’ ability to adjust and respond to current manufacturing needs -- for example, the accelerated production of personal protective equipment -- as well as services that support manufacturers’ ability to improve their competitiveness as the marketplace adapts to the coronavirus disruption.  

This grant comes from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump. Portman released the following statement:    

“This $2.3 million grant is terrific news for businesses throughout the state of Ohio. I’m pleased to see this CARES Act rescue money helping Ohio businesses so they can continue to serve Ohio as the state continues to safely reopen. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times."