Portman Announces $23.6 Million Federal Grant to Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Project


Department of Transportation BUILD Grant Funding Will Help City Create Riverwalk, Boost Opportunities for Job Creations & Economic Growth


September 10, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government Projects $23.6 million in funding as part of the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) competitive grant program. This funding will help the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government Projects in partnership with the City of Toledo and Toledo Metroparks develop a downtown Toledo multi-use trail on both sides of the Maumee River. Portman released the following statement applauding the announcement:

“This is great news for the City of Toledo and I want to thank Secretary Chao for her support to bring these improvements to the city’s downtown area. This grant will help the city create the Glass City Riverwalk, which would connect neighborhoods and businesses on both sides of the Maumee River,” said Portman. “This project will transform the downtown Toledo riverfront and as a result boost opportunities for job creation and economic growth.”

NOTE: Senator Portman wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government Projects’ bid on April 21, 2020. In addition, Portman spoke with Secretary Chao on August 24 to advocate for Ohio’s BUILD applicants.

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