Portman Applauds U.S. Department of Commerce $3.6 Million Grant to Improve Water System Infrastructure in Dayton

October 8, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for announcing a $3.6 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarding a grant for the city of Dayton. This grant will help to purchase and establish new electric generators needed to upgrade water system infrastructure to ensure continued business operations in Montgomery and Greene counties. The EDA grant will be matched with $900,000 in local investment.

“This $3.6 million federal grant to purchase and establish new electric generators is great news for the city of Dayton as well as Montgomery and Greene counties,” said Senator Portman. “I want to thank Secretary Ross for this investment to improve water system infrastructure and reliability in the Dayton area which will ensure continued job creation and opportunities for hard-working Ohioans.”

“The Trump Administration is committed to helping American communities impacted by natural disasters obtain updated infrastructure to attract and grow businesses,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This project will add redundancy to the Dayton Water Supply System so that a minimum level of service is maintained at all times in the event of power loss from hazard or disaster.”

NOTE: In December of 2019, Portman sent a letter to the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce of the U.S. EDA encouraging the agency to consider the competitive grant application submitted by the City of Dayton.