Skip to main content
State Seal State Seal State Seal
Home Button Home Button Home Button

Rep. Jarrells Announces $2B in State Funding for Economic and Community Development, with More Than $52M Earmarked for House District 1

February 12, 2024
Dontavius L. Jarrells News

COLUMBUS - State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) last week announced the successful passage of House Bill (HB) 2 in the Ohio House of Representatives. This landmark legislation will allocate $2B in state funds towards initiatives aimed at driving economic growth and expanding opportunities throughout the state. Importantly, it earmarks more than $52M for projects and organizations within House District 1, promising substantial local impact.

"This is a monumental step forward for our state, and I am thrilled about the possibilities these funds will unlock,” said Rep. Jarrells. “Investing in our schools and communities is critical for our ongoing success. Moreover, this presents a unique opportunity to showcase the incredible efforts of our local organizations in enriching their communities."

The funding includes a significant allocation of $36,233,142 from the One Time Strategic Community Investments Fund (OTSCIF) to several critical initiatives, among them:

  • Ohio Center for Advanced Technologies
  • Downtown Columbus Capital Line
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra
  • Downtown Security Demand Center
  • Knoll View Place
  • Ohio Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs

Additionally, the bill provides for over $1B in capital budget funding dedicated to various state entities, including:

  • $600M for the Facilities Construction Commission (FCC) to provide the state share of project costs to school districts participating in facilities projects overseen by OFCC.
  • $400M for the Public Works Commission to issue grants and loans to local governments for road and bridge projects, fresh water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, storm sewer systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.
  • $250M to support the Local Jail Facility Funding Program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), involving the construction and renovation of county jails.

As HB 2 advances to the Ohio Senate for further deliberation, it represents not only a pathway to additional funding for community projects through the traditional capital budget but also an effective use of one-time funds to enhance statewide development initiatives.

"This legislation is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together for the betterment of our communities," Rep. Jarrells added.  "I look forward to seeing the positive changes that will emerge as these funds are put to good use across Ohio."

HB 2 now awaits review by the Ohio Senate, where its approval will ensure the distribution of these critical funds to Ohioans and mark a significant advancement in the state's economic and community development efforts.