Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $600,000 DOC Grant Award to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Washington, DC - Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a grant of $600,000 to be awarded to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The grant, part of the EDA Chicago Regional Office’s Partnership Planning program, will assist Eastgate with the hiring of a recovery coordinator to assist local stakeholders with identifying the region's assets, and developing and implementing a recovery strategy for Youngstown, Ohio. Due to the historic downturn of the coal economy in the area, the coordinator is critical in helping to establish long-term recovery efforts, which will advance community revitalization to transition from coal reliance and create sustainable jobs throughout the region.
“This EDA grant establishes a local disaster recovery coordinator to develop and implement plans to address the economic downturn in the region, largely due to the shutdown of the GM Lordstown Complex and its supply chain. Without question, the local and regional impact of the GM closing was profound – given the direct, indirect and induced loss of jobs. From the outset, my office communicated with Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University to seek federal assistance under the Economic Adjustment Assistance program,” said Congressman Ryan. “I am so grateful for the Economic Development Administration and the local leadership at Eastgate who coordinated and led the application efforts. This is a critical and timely investment that will help us focus on a plan to reconnect local businesses with growing industry drivers. I’m proud to support funding for grants like this and will continue to seek new opportunities that benefit our community.”
“Eastgate is grateful to receive this award in conjunction with Cleveland State University Center for Economic Development. We are eager to get to work on recovery efforts and thank the Economic Development Administration for their continued support and guidance. Losing GM, one of our major employers, impacted our community in many ways. This award will give us the capacity to address these impacts by working to diversify our industrial base as well as strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, we will continue our existing efforts to coordinate the actions of our local economic development partners to provide the greatest possible impact for residents and businesses in our region,” said James Kinnick, PE, Executive Director, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.