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Leader Russo Announces Approval of $154M for Major Economic Investments in Appalachia

May 6, 2024
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS- House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced that the Controlling Board has approved the release of more than $154M in funds from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in support of the Appalachian Downtowns and Destinations Initiative.

“I applaud these historic and much needed investments across Ohio’s Appalachian region. This project will go a long way in building up the communities, creating jobs, and bringing healthcare improvements to thousands of children,” said Leader Russo. “Whether it’s the fair funding of public schools, remembering Ohio’s history, or addressing acid mine drainage, Democrats have long understood the need to invest in Appalachia. If not for the leadership of Senator Brown and these federal dollars from Congress, people across Southeastern Ohio would not be able to enjoy these transformed downtown districts and revitalized historic sites.”

 These funds will support the Appalachian Community Grant Program to improve infrastructure at parks, trails, and museums; and create new hubs for education, healthcare, economic development, and community engagement. 

Funded solely by ARPA, these strategic investments aimed at sustainable and transformational projects across 26 communities in 12 Appalachian counties will revitalize historic downtown districts, create new opportunities for recreation, and amplify the experience for those visiting the area's cultural sites.