TIGER Grant Funding Will Help City Complete Downtown Akron Promenade Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the city of Akron more than $8 million in funding as part of the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. This funding will help the city complete the second phase of the Downtown Akron promenade project, which will focus on renovations to Akron’s Main Street corridor that promote pedestrian and bicycle traffic, improvements to roadway conditions and fostering a livable community in the heart of Akron’s Downtown district. Portman released the following statement applauding the decision:

This is great news for the city of Akron and I want to thank Secretary Chao for her support of these improvements to the city’s Main Street corridor. This grant will help complete the important work that the city and its partners are undertaking to ensure that this historic Ohio city can grow and thrive in the 21st century economy.  The completed Downtown Akron Promenade will serve a vital role in promoting the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that the city has to offer and will help pave the way for future innovators to make Akron the site of their next business or home. I’m proud that I was able to work with community leaders and private sector stakeholders to help secure this funding.”

NOTE: Portman called Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan this morning to inform him of the news.  He wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of the city of Akron’s bid on October 1, 2017.  He supported the city’s TIGER grant in 2016 to complete the first phase of this project as well.