Toledo Lawmaker Announces $2.5M In State Funds For Job Creation, Public Health
Funding will support roadwork improvements, hospital renovations

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of nearly $2.5 million in state funds to the city of Toledo and to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for public roadwork improvements and safety renovations, respectively. The funding was approved by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.

FCA US, LLC, also known as Fiat Chrysler, received $2,400,000 for a project that includes the repaving of parts of Chrysler Drive and Expressway Drive in Toledo. The roadwork improvement project is expected to help create 679 new, full-time-equivalent jobs and retain 4,485 jobs.

“Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in Toledo has been one of my primary goals as a legislator,” said Ashford. “I am pleased that the state has invested in a project that will not only make our roads safer, but will bring new job opportunities to our community.”

Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital on Monday also received $150,000 for fire and smoke wall renovations. The public psychiatric hospital will use the funds to seal gaps between the interior fire and smoke walls and the deck of the roof, ensuring safe and compliant operation of the facility.

“The facility and staff at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital have always aspired to provide the highest standard of care for patients suffering from mental illnesses, and I am pleased that the state is supporting NOPH in their important mission,” said Ashford.

The Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo is one of six regional psychiatric hospitals that operate under the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. These specialized facilities provide short-term, intensive treatment to patients in both inpatient and community-supported environments. 

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