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State Representative Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) today announced that several community-based capital improvements projects from Clinton and Highland counties would be receiving state funds as part of House Bill 497.

"Our community leaders have worked during the last year to develop a project list to help improve an already great quality of life in our region. The projects include roof repairs, a sidewalk project to improve pedestrian safety, park renovations and significant maintenance on important historic buildings. Each project will strengthen our communities as places where folks want to live and work,” Rosenberger said. “We have labored during the past four years to bring the state to a point where these type of community investments are possible. I am grateful that my colleagues in the General Assembly are listening to our community leaders and providing this much-needed investment," said Rosenberger.

The Murphy Theatre in historic Wilmington will receive $150,000 for its façade restoration project. The Clinton County Farmer’s and Sportsmen will receive $50,000 to improve its facilities. Turning Point, a rehabilitation facility, will receive $100,000 to improve its production line loading dock and roof.  HI-TEC of Hillsboro will receive $100,000 to restore its roof, heating systems, windows, and conference room. The City of Lynchburg will receive $49,000 to improve Lynchburg Park and The Highlands Nature Sanctuary will receive $100,000 for its Appalachian Forest Museum. The City of Hillsboro will receive $100,000 to build a pedestrian bridge and trail.

“I am glad to know that these worthy projects will be receiving state funding,” said Peterson. “It was my pleasure to work not only with my fellow legislators, but also with the community to learn more about and support these local projects. County by county, we began the conversation about these projects back in the late fall; it has been a truly great experience to see that these projects are going to be funded.”

The capital improvements budget typically is a bi-annual budget completed by the State of Ohio in the off years between State Operating Budgets. The goal of the capital budget is to seek out and financially assist local community projects from nonprofits and local governments. It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.

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