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Congressmen Tim Ryan Announces $800,000 in Recovery Assistance Grants for Northeast Ohio

August 6, 2020
Press Release
Grants Awarded For COVID-19 Response Efforts in Akron and Youngstown

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants for Ohio, including $400,000 awarded to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in Youngstown and $400,000 awarded to Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization in Akron. 

These grants were appropriated under the CARES Act, and are being awarded through the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). They will be used to update and fortify programs that are helping communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments program will focus on developing a strategic response plan to mitigate future disruptions in material supply chains. The Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization program will focus on creating an economic recovery and resiliency plan, including in the manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology sectors.

“As the economy in Northeast Ohio continues to lead the way on electric vehicles and battery storage, this grant for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments will be a shot in the arm for securing the supply chain against future disruptive events,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Additionally, the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization grant will help them continue their work driving innovation in the manufacturing and health care sectors. I am proud of these two organizations and their efforts in making Northeast Ohio a great place to live and work.”

The full range of EDA investments announced today for Ohio are:

  • Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by providing support for the growth of the logistics, electric vehicle transportation, and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, with an emphasis on workforce development and infrastructure; and developing a comprehensive strategic response plan to mitigate future disruptions in critical material supply chains.
  • Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization, Akron, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by creating a comprehensive economic recovery and resiliency plan; providing technical assistance; and facilitating collaborative partnerships, while building on the region’s strengths, including in the manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology sectors.
  • Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, Cambridge, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by performing a broadband feasibility study that will serve as a framework for providing broadband services to help facilitate e-commerce, telework, telehealth, and tele-education; and retaining an economic recovery coordinator, who will provide technical assistance.
  • Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Waverly, Ohio, will receive a $400,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by contracting two recovery coordinators who will assist in developing and implementing strategies to boost tourism, grow the region’s critical manufacturing sector, and build a robust broadband network to support business growth, access to telehealth and online education efforts.
  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, Marietta, Ohio, will receive a $398,247 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by developing short-term planning strategies that will build capacity and provide local partners with the technical assistance needed to support economic recovery and resilience.

These entities, all EDA-designated Economic Development Districts (EDD), are some of the more than 850 existing, high-performing grant recipients invited to apply for supplemental funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

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