Sykes Announces Nearly $5 Million For Ten Community Projects
Capital budget bill to allocate funds for infrastructure, workforce development

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced several important community projects will receive state support through the recently introduced capital budget. The release of nearly $5 million in state funds will help improve local infrastructure, revitalize art exhibitions and expand workforce development. 

“These projects will help attract more business and spur economic growth in the city of Akron,” said Sykes. “I am pleased to see the state support our local communities and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these projects will have on the quality of life for all of our residents.”

The capitol budget bill includes $1.25 million for the Main Street Redevelopment project, to help develop new businesses and stimulate the city’s economy. In addition, Akron Children’s Hospital will receive $400,000 to expand the inpatient behavioral health care unit. The Akron Art Museum will also receive $400,000 to construct the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, which will serve as a cultural center for downtown Akron.

Additional projects selected for funding include:

-$750,000 for Gorge Dam Removal Study

-$500,000 for Stark State Education and Workforce Center in Akron

-$500,000 for Akron General Sexual Assault Evidence Collection and Care Facility

-$400,000 for the Demolition and Replacement of Nimisila Spillway and Bridge

-$250,000 for Stan Hywet Hall and Garden renovation

-$250,000 for Cascade Plaza Phase II renovation and completion

-$250,000 for John Brown House renovations

The capital budget bill is currently under consideration in the Senate. 

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