April 22, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to discuss economic development in northeast Ohio and how the recently deceased bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act he helped spearhead benefit the Mahoning Valley. Portman heard from the Council about his recent RAISE grant application for his Logistics Innovation and Vehicle Electrification Zone, or LIVE Zone, his efforts to expand high-speed broadband access in his community, and other infrastructure projects.
“I had a productive meeting today with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about their efforts to improve surface and broadband infrastructure in their community” , said Senator Portman. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that I helped negotiate includes historic funding for more infrastructure projects than ever before, and I’m encouraged that communities like this across Ohio are taking advantage of this to promote new opportunities for economic growth.
As chief Republican negotiator for bipartisanship Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA)Senator Portman worked hard to get funding needed for communities in Ohio and across the country to update their crumbling infrastructure. The infrastructure law is providing $110 billion in new funding for roads and bridges, including $9.2 billion that will come directly to Ohio to help with roads and highways and $521 million to help with bridges in the Ohio. In January, Portman announced that the Department of Transportation had begun accepting applications from states like Ohio for the RAISE discretionary grant program. The grant program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program was funded at $1 billion per year. Through the bipartisan IIJA, funding levels were increased to $1.5 billion per year, in addition to annual appropriations. For fiscal year 2022, this program will receive total funding of $2.275 billion.
The IIJA also includes $65 billion for broadband, including more than $42 billion to states through block grants. This is consistent with Senator Portman’s bipartisan position. Bridge Act proposal to help close the reliable high-speed Internet access gap that persists in some communities. Ohio is set to receive hundreds of millions of broadband deployment dollars that the state could use this funding to help expand access throughout northeast Ohio, which will make a difference in the lives of students, workers and families.
Images from the event are available below: