Portman Applauds U.S. Department of Commerce’s Investment of $2 Million in CARES Act Funding to Boost Ohio Economic Development Programs Responding to COVID-19

August 6, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration for awarding $2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to five EDA Economic Development District organizations across Ohio to update economic development plans and fortify programs to assist communities in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. These grants 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. 

“The $2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants announced by Secretary Ross is terrific news for folks across the state of Ohio,” said Portman. “These funds will help ensure that communities across Ohio have the resources they need to continue responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I’m pleased to see this CARES Act rescue money helping local communities so they can continue to serve Ohioans 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."  

“The Trump Administration is eager to allocate these essential CARES Act funds and deliver on our promise to help American communities recover from the impact of COVID-19,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I am proud of the perseverance and strength shown by our communities coast to coast throughout this pandemic, and these funds will help provide Ohio with resources to make a swift and lasting economic comeback.”  

“These investments come at a crucial time to help Ohio’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development“We are pleased to make these investments in Ohio’s EDA Economic Development Districts to help them prevent, prepare, and respond to coronavirus.”

The organizations in Ohio receiving EDA investments are:

  • Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by providing support for the growth of the distribution/logistics, electric vehicle transportation, and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, with an emphasis on workforce development and infrastructure; developing a comprehensive strategic response plan to mitigate future disruptions in critical material supply chains.
  • Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization, Akron, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by creating a comprehensive economic recovery and resiliency plan; providing technical assistance; and facilitating collaborative partnerships, while building on the region’s strengths, including in the manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology sectors.
  • Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, Cambridge, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by performing a broadband feasibility study that will serve as a framework for providing broadband services to help facilitate e-commerce, telework, telehealth, and teleeducation; and retaining an economic recovery coordinator who will provide technical assistance.
  • Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Waverly, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by contracting two recovery coordinators who will assist in developing and implementing strategies to boost tourism, grow the region’s critical manufacturing sector, and build a robust broadband network to support business growth, access to telehealth and online education efforts.
  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, Marietta, Ohio, will receive a $398,247 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by developing short-term planning strategies that will build capacity and provide local partners with the technical assistance needed to support economic recovery and resilience. 

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