Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $187,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Project Grant to Youngstown State University

Apr 19, 2017 Issues: Helping Working Families, Manufacturing

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $187,000 project grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Youngstown State University’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Equipment Project. This project will equip a lab at Youngstown State University with state-of-the-art equipment to demonstrate and teach advanced techniques for using flexible automation (particularly co-robotics) to assist both traditional board-level electronics manufacturers as well as the integration of electronics into both conventional and hybrid 3D printed structures. Approximately 50 students will use the lab each semester.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

“Once more, Youngstown and the Greater Mahoning Valley is benefiting from the important development work that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) facilitates. The support of the ARC will help to allow dozens of students each semester become fluent in advanced technologies that will be the engine of future economic growth. Not only is this investment good for our local community, but it is good for our national economy. I cannot understate the importance of these types of investments, as well as the commissions that make them possible. That is why I will do everything in my power in Congress to fight President Trump’s proposed budget, which would eliminate the ARC entirely. The money invested through the ARC is not money wasted, it supports vital projects in communities that need it most,” said Congressman Ryan.