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Congressman Tim Ryan Secures Funding for All Ten Community Projects He Submitted For Through House Appropriations Process

July 16, 2021
Press Release
Ryan is Bringing Nearly $ 15M Home to Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and Nearly $18M in Total for the 13th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces he secured nearly $15 million dollars in federal funding for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process. Ryan, who is Chairman of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, secured all ten projects he submitted for – a total of nearly $18 million for the 13th Congressional District.

The nearly $15 million in total funding includes $1.5 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown, $850,000 for the Mahoning County High School, $1 million for Mercy Health, and $2 million for the Youngstown Community Food Center. He also secured $9.5 million in community projects that were already announced, including $8.7 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS)$312,744 for Valley Internet of Things Initiative (VIOTI), and $549,600 for the Village of Lowellville Wastewater Improvements. The money for these projects and an additional three projects in Summit and Portage Counties was awarded through the new, updated Community Projects Funding (CPF) process, which is being implemented with accountability measures to ensure a responsible and transparent process.

“I’m proud to have brought this funding home to help our community thrive. These projects that I secured funding for will help bolster our workers and build the economy of the future right here in Northeast Ohio,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. 

“These investments will help feed folks in our community, educate our children, and provide them with out-of-school activities and better health care. The funding will move Northeast Ohio forward by providing pre-natal care to pregnant women, job opportunities for newly graduated high school students, and infrastructure upgrades at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station that will assist our airman and soldiers,” Congressman Ryan continued. “It’s my priority in Congress to bring back Ohioans’ hard-earned tax dollars to help create jobs and ensure a good quality of life for everyone who lives here.”

“This project will impact an area of the South Side and create a vibrant place for play, recreation, learning and community enjoyment,” said James Bird, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown.“This project will place our club at the center of activity and community building in our neighborhood. Every day we open our doors to serve the youth of our community and offer them a safe, positive and creative environment in which to grow. The Boys & Girls Club Backyard project is an impactful gift and we are proud to be part of the community projects put forth by Congressman Ryan.”

"This project request focused on improving outcomes for our students. Getting a high school diploma is the first step, but we want to ensure that they are prepared beyond that goal,” said Jennifer Merritt, Superintendent of the Mahoning County High School. “We are a community learning center model, and this funding will allow us to provide valuable resources to our students and their families on-site to help remove barriers to education such as social- emotional learning, industry credentials to prepare them for the workforce, clinical services and an enhanced nutritional program to name just a few. We are beyond grateful that Congressman Ryan recognizes this critical need and our efforts to provide these students and their families this hope."

“Our ministry has remained focused on developing strategies to bring new services or enhancing existing points of care to ensure people in the Mahoning Valley have access to comprehensive, high-quality health care,” said John Luellen, M.D., market president, Mercy Health – Youngstown. “These grant dollars further drive our continued reinvestment in communities such as the north side of Youngstown, a community we have called home for 110 years.”    

“The Youngstown Community Food Center Inc. has been serving the needy of Youngstown for over 30 years,” said John Rea, Foreman of the Youngstown Community Food Center. We serve up to 500 local families a week as well as 40+ agencies and outreach programs. Throughout the past year with the increased need in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have held to our commitment of serving all those in need. This funding will be instrumental in building a new facility in an expanding of our operation that has been a long time coming. On behalf of Youngstown Community Food Center Inc., and the people we serve, we thank you.”

“On behalf of the village of Lowellville, we want to thank Congressman Ryan for funding our WWTP $546,000 grant,” said Lowellville Mayor James Iudiciani. “This will be partnered with an Ohio Public Works grant we received to build a new pump station, force main and siphon conduits, and will increase our capacity and allow us to accept more of Republic Services landfill leachate, plus allow us to remain in our contract through 2046 with Republic. This is a huge savings to the village and all the sewage customers in the village, Poland Township, and to Republic services.”

"YBI is excited to be partnered with BRITE on this project,” said Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator. “The Internet of Things is literally the future of everything, from refrigerators to manufacturing lines.  This funding will allow us to build new programming to support our local manufacturing base figure out how to use the technology to make themselves more competitive." 

“This opportunity to work with YBI could not have come at a better time as we see the collision of analytics and manufacturing as a key indicator of how we are going to bring back good paying jobs for talented young people,” said Rick Stockburger, President and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators. “We are excited to leverage our IoT lab resources to create meaningful lines of support to companies ready to upgrade technology to make better operational decisions.”

“The runway widening is not only a win for YARS and the Mahoning Valley, but even more so for the Air Force as a whole,” said. Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, 910th Airlift Wing and YARS installation commander.“This project will make our base more capable and allow our joint partners to conduct critical military flight training at YARS.”

Find more information on the wide array of Community Projects that Ryan secured funding for here and below. 

Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown Backyard Project

The Backyard Project is an action plan to renovate and upgrade over 200,000 sq ft. of property owned by the BGCY. The requested fund would be used for renovations & upgrades that are essential to expand their services and programming to their over 900 members and the community as a whole. The goal of the Backyard Project is to build leagues such as flag football, basketball, rugby, baseball and more, and other community focused initiatives for youth in the City of Youngstown. By adding a walking trail to the campus, families will have the opportunity to model a healthy lifestyle by exercising themselves while their children play on the fields. 

Mahoning County High School (MCHS) Learning Center

The Mahoning County High School provides intensive credit recovery, a trauma-informed approach to education, and a social emotional learning curriculum embedded in a restorative justice model of supporting student wellness and promoting positive behavior. This funding will be used establish a Community Learning Center in order to reach more families and students in the Youngstown area and surrounding regions. The Community Learning Center project will incorporate a multitude of services on-site, including medical services, vision and dental care, child-care, clinical counseling for students and families, after-school support, industry credentials, and other critical resources that effectively remove barriers to academics and improve the lives of community members overall. 

Mercy Health Youngstown – Centering Pregnancy & Addiction Medicine Program

MHY will renovate the former Veteran’s Affairs (VA) clinic in Youngstown, left vacant by their relocation to a larger facility at the end of 2020. This newly renovated space will allow for expanded services by establishing a Centering Pregnancy (Centering) program and Addiction Medicine Fellowship. This project will achieve the dual goal of repurposing the facility and bringing needed healthcare services to an at-risk community, including efforts that will dramatically improve the health among Medicaid recipients in the community.

Youngstown Community Food Center Inc.

Youngstown Community Food Center Inc. (YCFC), also known as Gleaners Food Bank, will increase their capacity and expand their services as an emergency services distribution location for those in need. Plans include demolishing a condemned structure and building a new building with refrigerated and dry storage across the street to expand their distribution service and to create a hub for weekly produce markets so that the community has access to fresh and healthy food on a regular basis. Additionally, funds would be used to make needed renovations to their existing building which would include establishing a drive-through service capability as well. 

Previously announced projects include:

Valley Internet of Things Initiative (VIOTI)

This funding will allow YBI to launch and help coordinate task delivery through partners, such as BRITE Energy Innovators, for the Valley Internet of Things Initiative (VIOTI). This initiative will bring a number of area and statewide partners together to create and implement training and entrepreneurial support programs for Mahoning Valley and Ohio manufacturers, which will ultimately help to retain and re-shore jobs. This training and technical assistance will focus on the opportunity to utilize the power of electronics and real-time analysis to improve business operations and energy efficiency to ensure local manufactures and startups remain competitive on the global stage. 

Village of Lowellville Wastewater Improvements

This project entails the replacement of the existing sanitary siphon which conveys all wastewater from the Village’s south side of the Mahoning River to the Village’s wastewater treatment plant on the north side on Sixth Street. Their existing siphon is no longer reliable in order to safely keep up with the strain on the system, making this project a top priority that has the support of the local leaders and businesses within the community. This project is necessary for health and human safety and to proactively prevent sewer back-ups and overflows crossing the Mahoning River, making this a beneficial use of taxpayer dollars. Furthermore, this project provides more reliability to transport wastewater to the treatment plant, and it provides for additional conveyance capacity for future flows from future businesses or residences.

Youngstown Air Reserve Station

The Youngstown Air Reserve Air Station (YARS) is home to the 910th Airlift Wing, DoD's only large-area, fixed-wing aerial spray unit. This construction project will widen the assault runway/taxiway necessary to support C-17 and C-130 aircraft. Widening the assault runway will allow it to conform to a properly designed drainage/underdrainage layer, a non-frost susceptible subgrade, and an overrun/shoulder connecting to the airfield storm water system in accordance with EPA environmental requirements and Executive Orders prioritizing environmental sustainability. Without this project, the 910th and nearby Air Force bases in the region would be forced to travel long distances to be able to train on a landing zone capable of supporting this aircraft size. To keep the training available and within a reasonable distance, the current assault strip must be widened to support mission requirements. 

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