State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) recently announced the State Controlling Board approved $150,000 in funding for the Belmont County Port Authority to assist efforts in the expansion at North Bellaire’s Industrial Park. The state dollars are provided through The Roadwork Development Grant administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Rep. Cera said that he was glad to know that the Roadwork Development Grant is still available in through Ohio’s Development Services Agency. He noted that he was instrumental in the creation of the grant back in the early 90’s.

“State programs that enhance work opportunities and that allow people to have jobs so they can raise their families are important for growing our economy. I am glad to have played a role in making government work for the good of the people,” said Cera. “The legislature knew that manufacturing, roadway improvements, even engineering and design costs are instrumental in creating and retaining jobs. Infrastructure is important to bringing projects and work opportunities to an area, and I am pleased to see the North Guernsey Street project receive this grant,” he added.

According to Cera, North Guernsey Street will receive full depth reclamation, repaving and striping. The Muxie Distributing Co. has built a 68,000 square foot facility in the area. The project also played a huge role in the award of the Roadwork Development Fund because it creates 15 new jobs and retains 24 existing jobs. Cera said the road work will assist all businesses in the area.

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