Lepore-Hagan Announces Capital Budget Support For Youngstown Improvement Projects
Says state funding will improve local education, art institutions

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced the passage of the 2017-2018 state capital budget, or Senate Bill (SB) 310, to provide state support for infrastructure improvements and certain brick-and-mortar construction projects.

“While I believe all of the proposals submitted are worthwhile projects, I am pleased to see that a number of the projects our community fought for were included in the capital budget today,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am proud that we were able to secure over $16 million in funding for community and higher education projects in the 58th District. These projects are an investment in our local economy and will provide vital resources for a number of partners in Youngstown, including Youngstown State and various arts organizations.” 

Local projects included in SB 310 are:

  • $14 million for capital equipment and improvements to Youngstown State University.

  • Over $1 million for upgrades to the HVAC and sound system at the DeYor Performing Arts Center.

  • $500,000 for the restoration of The Butler Institute of American Art.

  • $500,000 for improvements—including restoring the façade— to the Stambaugh Auditorium.

  • $200,000 in funding for the Youngstown Business Incubator.

The $2.6 billion capital appropriations bill passed the Ohio House with overwhelming bipartisan support and will now proceed to the Governor for his signature. 

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