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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Ryan Announces $8 Million for City of Akron

March 8, 2018
Press Release
Funding from Department of Transportation will go to Phase II of Downtown Promenade

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today announce $8 million grant for the City of Akron from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). This funding, as part of the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, goes toward the construction of Phase II of the Downtown Akron Promenade. This project focuses on renovating Akron’s Main Street Corridor by improving public health and safety, promoting economic competitiveness, and creating a more walkable community.

“The City of Akron is on the move through the redevelopment of downtown, and the leadership of Mayor Horrigan to bring new businesses and partnerships to the region. I thank Mayor Horrigan for his hard work to create a vibrant Akron,” said Congressman Ryan. “This project will transform the City of Akron, creating a safer, more walkable community where businesses can thrive.  I am proud to have been able to use my position in Congress to help secure this funding and help build a 21st Century Akron.”  

“As we continue our efforts to ensure Akron is a thriving city, we thank Congressman Ryan and our federal delegation for their continued support of Akron and the redevelopment of our Downtown.  This grant will allow us to realize the vision of the recently completed Downtown Redevelopment Plan of connecting nodes of activity all the way up to and including the Northside District.  Once completed, the revitalized Downtown Promenade will welcome workers, pedestrians, artists, business owners, and innovators to our great City and enable us to breathe new life into our urban core and our neighborhoods,”  said Mayor Dan Horrigan.

In September, Ryan urged USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao for funding for this project. Read the full letter sent to Secretary Chao here.

Today’s announcement follows a $5 million federal grant Ryan helped secure in 2016 to complete Phase I of the project. Read more about Phase I grant here

January 19, 2018, Ryan announced a joint Partnership between eBay and the Cities of Akron and Warren, Ohio. The “Retail Revival” program has selected over 100 local businesses to participate in a 12-month partnership to help them harness the power of technology and eBay’s global marketplace. The Ohio 13th Congressional District is the first in the country to be chosen as a pilot for this program. The 245,000 eBay sellers in Ohio generated $938 million in eBay sales last year. Read more here

February 21 2018, Ryan led a delegation of 12 venture capitalists on a tour of the Midwest, stopping in Akron, Ohio to meet with Mayor Horrigan, local business leaders, and other city stake holders to discuss how to bring investment to the City of Akron. Today’s announcement is critical to making Akron an even more attractive place to invest in. Read more here