FY 22 Community Projects | Congressman Tim Ryan
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FY 22 Community Projects

Community Project Funding requests direct funding to specific governmental entities or nonprofit organizations. The new CPF program is being implemented with accountability measures to ensure a responsible and transparent process. Through this program, Members of Congress request funding for up to 10 specific projects in their districts to serve the public good and keep the public informed on details of projects submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. Not every CPF request submitted by a Member of Congress will be included in the FY22 appropriations bills.

The following are projects that have been submitted by Congressman Ryan for funding consideration.

$1,000,000 Requested By Akron Civic Commons, Lock 3 Park 

  • Ohio & Erie Canal Corridor Coalition, Inc.
    47 West Exchange Street
    Akron, Ohio 44308

Project Description

Lock 3 Park is located along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the center of Akron, and it is the central gathering place for concerts, festivals, and events.  One of the biggest challenges of Lock 3 is its current design and layout, lack of vegetation and trees, and it does not function well as a public park. Working in partnership with City of Akron and Summit County, neighborhood residents and community stakeholders, and a variety of others this project be used to turn Lock 3 Park into an accessible, equitable and welcoming park for everyone in downtown Akron.  Their plans include the addition of trees, seating, formal gardens, artwork, permanent ice-skating areas, and a nationally designed Performance Pavilion.  Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park is a $10 million dollar public-private partnership, with broad support from residents, local government, corporations, foundations, and the State of Ohio, and this federal funding would allow them to finish their fundraising goal and begin construction.  As a local, state and national resource, Lock 3 provides multiple benefits to taxpayers as a regional community asset that creates jobs, stimulates community and economic development and is an accessible, equitable and welcoming park for all Akron residents and visitors.

$1,500,000 Requested By Boys & Girls Club Youngstown Community Backyard Project 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown
    2105 Oak Hill Avenue
    Youngstown OH 44507

Project Description

For 50 years, the Boys and Girls Club Youngstown (BGCY) has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances to enrich the lives of boys and girls that other youth agencies have had difficulty reaching. 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. The Backyard Project will not only impact the members of BGCY but will visually improve the South Side neighborhoods of Youngstown that stretch between Oak Hill Avenue, Market Street, and adjacent roads. 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. This project will provide quality facilities for youth in Youngstown to grow their passion and it will enhance the quality of life for the community. Their dedication to community service and enhancing children’s lives make this an excellent use of taxpayer funds.

$850,000 Requested by Mahoning County High School (MCHS)

  • Mahoning County High School 
    940 Bryn Mawr Avenue 
    Youngstown, Ohio 44505

Project Description: 

The Mahoning County High School is an Ohio public community school designated as a drop-out recovery and prevention school sponsored by the Office of School Sponsorship at the Ohio Department of Education. The 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 itself as 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. Youngstown, Ohio is one of the highest poverty areas in the United States, and the addition of a Community Learning Center in the heart of the city would significantly improve outcomes for youth and their families and restore hope for a better life for those in the community it serves, making this project an excellent use of taxpayer dollars. 

$1M Requested by Mercy Health Youngstown – Centering Pregnancy & Addiction Medicine Program

  • Recipient: Bon Secours Mercy Health Inc 
    1701 Mercy Health Pl. 
    Cincinnati, OH 45237-6147

  • Project Location: Mercy Health Youngstown 
    2031 Belmont Ave.
    Youngstown, OH 44405

Project Description: 

Mercy Health Youngstown (MHY) is the largest healthcare provider and employer and the only obstetric provider in the tri-county area of Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties. MHY is requesting $1 million to renovate a 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 them to expand their services by establishing a Centering Pregnancy (Centering) program and Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Youngstown, Ohio. This project benefits taxpayers by achieving the dual goal of repurposing the facility and bringing needed healthcare services to an at-risk community. Additionally, this supports efforts that will dramatically improve the health among Medicaid recipients in the community, therefore reducing the overall cost to taxpayers in the long run.

$1M Requested by Summa Health Sr. Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center

  • Recipient: Summa Health 
    1077 Gorge Blvd Akron, 
    OH 44310-2408

  • Project Location: Summa Health 
    45 Arch Street, 
    Akron, Ohio 44304

Project Description: 

Summa Health serves as the greater Akron region’s largest nonprofit healthcare provider. The health system has a remarkable history relative to behavioral health services and innovation. Starting in 1939, Summa Health’s St. Thomas Hospital clinical leaders, Sr. Mary Ignatia and Dr. Robert Smith, led the way by working together to serve patients struggling with alcohol addiction, and their efforts positioned the hospital and the region to be one of the first in the world to treat alcoholism as a disease. Today, the system continues to prioritize providing the best care and services to behavioral health patients. The system is building a new comprehensive and state-of-the-art behavioral health facility to meet the community’s need. Within the new facility, the Sr. Ignatia Heritage and Reflection Center (“The Center”) will be created to honor the woman who devoted her life to serving those in recovery. The Center will house a new conference center to host AA and other recovery meetings, a dedicated space to house AA archives, and a serene setting to support the reflection needs of the recovery community and their caregivers. This federal funding would allow them to complete work on the Center to provide this space for their patients and the community. Their project is a good use of taxpayer funding because it strongly aligns with the government’s commitment to support individuals and families who are struggling with addiction and other behavioral health challenges. And it provides an exceptional example of public and private partners working together to preserve and promote the legacy of addiction medicine that was founded in Akron and within the great state of Ohio.

$1M requested by University Hospitals Portage Breast Health Center

  • Recipient: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
    11100 Euclid Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44106.

  • Project Location: University Hospitals Portage Medical Center
    6847 N Chestnut St,
    Ravenna, OH 44266

Project Description:

UH Portage Medical Center has been caring for Portage County and the surrounding communities for over 100 years, achieving clinical excellence in several services greatly needed by the community. UH Portage is a 302 licensed-bed hospital and is the second-largest employer and the only hospital in the county. UH Portage offers an array of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical specialties. Women’s health care over the life cycle is an essential component of UH Portage’s services. There are significant opportunities for enhancing women’s health care, including in the area of breast cancer treatment. This request would provide the resources needed to update equipment and make modest facility renovations in order to establish a patient-focused Breast Health Center within the existing medical center. This request is a good use of taxpayer funds because it meets the needs of an aging community and ensures quality and seamless breast cancer treatment services to the residents of Portage County and beyond.

$312,744 for Valley Internet of Things Initiative (VIOTI)

  • Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation
    241 W Federal Street
    Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Project Description

The Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI) mission is to facilitate the creation of high-value businesses through collaborative partnerships that promote innovative technologies and long-term, sustainable employment opportunities, with a focus on information technology and advanced manufacturing. Primarily serving Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, an area which has suffered decades of job and population losses, the YBI and its partners have successfully leveraged their entrepreneurial expertise and resources to help reimagine the economy of this once thriving industrial area.

YBI is requesting $312,744 to launch and help coordinate task delivery through partners, such as BRITE Energy Innovators, of 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. A 2020 survey conducted by Youngstown State University that interviewed multiple sectors found that over seventy-five percent of local companies do not utilize real-time data and over fifty percent note that they did not have the expertise or training for adoption. This investment of public dollars will provide key assistance so local manufactures and startups can receive this necessary training to help make them more competitive, which will in turn help launch and pilot their products to grow their business and create jobs.

$549,600 Requested By the Village of Lowellville Wastewater Improvements

  • Village of Lowellville
    140 East Liberty St.
    PO Box 124
    Lowellville, OH 44436

Project Description

The Village of Lowellville is requesting funds to make necessary improvements to their wastewater treatment plant. 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.

$8,700,000 Requested for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station

  • Recipient: Air Force Reserve
    549 Pine Street
    Robins AFB, GA 31098
  • Project Location: Youngstown Air Reserve Station
    3976 King Graves Road
    Vienna, OH 44473 

Project Description

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. 

Investment in the long-term success of YARS is an investment in the future of the Mahoning Valley. YARS is the largest employer in Trumbull County and the third largest in the Mahoning Valley. YARS employs over 2,000 people, with 1,440 of them reservists and active duty. The base’s economic impact on the area in FY20 was $137.3 million, up from $115 million in FY19 and $90 million in FY15. For FY20, that includes $103.1 million in annual payroll to Valley residents and over $17 million in local expenditures.

$2 million requested by Youngstown Community Food Center Inc.

  • Recipient: Youngstown Community Food Center Inc.
    94 Pyatt St.
    Youngstown, OH. 44502

Project Description: 

Youngstown Community Food Center Inc.(YCFC), also known as Gleaners Food Bank,  has been serving socially and economically disadvantaged persons in Northeastern Ohio for over 30 years. They operate in an inner-city food desert and have a strong network of volunteers and community partners that support their important work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they saw a growing demand for their services and soon realized they had outgrown their physical space (15,000/sf). These funds would be used for a capital improvement project for them to increase their capacity and to expand their services as an emergency services distribution location for those in need. Their 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. Ensuring all have access to fresh and healthy food is certainly a worthy use of taxpayer funds and would the YCFC to continue meeting the needs of the community for years to come.