WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that Youngstown has been awarded a $10.8 million BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Developments) federal grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The BUILD grant will be used to make improvements to the Central Business District in Youngstown that includes Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Rayen Avenue, Commercial Street, Federal Street, Phelps Street, and Front Street. 

“This is great news for Youngstown,” said Portman. “This enhancement of the Central Business District and nearby manufacturing plants will provide great multimodal access between key employers in the Mahoning Valley. I’m excited that this grant will invest in job creation through transportation improvements, which is vital to strengthening the economy in Northeast Ohio. I also commend the Youngstown leaders for how they came together to raise an impressive non-federal match, which is now at $10.9 million, over 50 percent.” 

NOTE: Portman sent a letter of support to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for the Youngstown BUILD Grant application in June of this year. Portman met with Youngstown leaders in January and September of this year to discuss the BUILD Grant.  He also discussed the merits of the BUILD Grant application with Secretary Chao in November.  

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