Local counties awarded millions through state Capital Budget

The budget provides funds for state agencies, institutions of higher learning, local recreational and cultural projects and economic development sites

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Several local entities were awarded funding through the state Capital Budget.

The budget provides funds for state agencies, institutions of higher learning, local recreational and cultural projects and economic development sites.

Among the appropriations:

  • The Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center was awarded $3 million for the building of a new 101,000 square foot facility.
  • First Step Recovery Expansion in Warren was awarded $100,000 to help with a new kitchen and gym.
  • $200,000 will go to the W.D. Packard Music Hall elevator.
  • Glenbeigh Health Services in Niles received $400,000 to expand its facility and add 24 beds to the center.

In all, Mahoning County was awarded $17.1 million for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, Trumbull County was awarded $4.4 million, and Columbiana County was awarded $1.6 million.

Several Mahoning Valley legislators commented on the funding:

State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman):

“I am very pleased to see the Mahoning Valley was well represented and received its fair share of appropriations in this year’s capital budget. These dollars will be invested directly into our communities, furthering the economic growth and revitalization that is occurring throughout the region. I believe all of our proposals submitted are worthwhile investments, and I look forward to working with each of these organizations in the future.”

State Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard):

“I am proud to see that, once again, the 32nd District has received funds from this year’s Capital Budget. This funding will help provide our communities with the vital resources they need to function effectively and improve our local infrastructures as a result. I recognize the importance of strengthening our communities through critical investments in economic development, healthcare facilities, higher education, the environment and our cultural institutions. I will continue to advocate to ensure all these projects are included in the final bill.”

Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown):

“I am very pleased to see projects we fought for included in the Capital Appropriations Bill. These are important improvements that will go a long way to strengthen our community by investing in wonderful civic partners here in Youngstown and the Valley. We want all projects to be fully funded, but I am still very proud of our delegation’s work in securing $6 million for these developments that will be so beneficial to our region.”

Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland):

“The delegation is pleased that the first introduction of the capital budget includes so many of the projects we championed. We will still fight for those projects that didn’t make this review but have tremendous importance for our community’s priorities, like the water infrastructure improvements at Lake Milton or the Air Force Base building acquisition.”

Rep. Michael J. O’Brien (D-Warren):

“I’m so pleased that Mahoning Valley projects have been included in the proposed capital budget bill. The investment in a passenger elevator for the W.D. Packard Music Hall will not only enhance the facility; but will also improve accessibility particularly for our senior citizens.  The addition of an elevator will also increase audiences at the music hall which will have a significant economic impact on local businesses.”

More information on Capital Budget allocations is available on the state’s Office of Budget and Management’s website.

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