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Millions of dollars in state funding are headed to Portage County, with some allocations larger than originally thought. The Ohio House of Representatives has approved Substitute House Bill 2, the state's two-year construction budget for capital projects throughout the state. State Rep. Gail Pavliga of Portage County said statewide, the bill will allocate more than $4.2 billion for capital projects, including $717 million in one-time project funding from the Strategic Community Investment Fund. Read Full Story
Tue, Jul 2, 2024
The Portage Crisis Center is undergoing an expansion to increase housing for patients and broaden the center's reach in an effort to help children and adults with mental illness, as well as provide first responders with more efficient means to manage crises. A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Crisis Stabilization Unit at 3922 Lovers Lane in Ravenna on Friday, March 1, to celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Portage Crisis Center facility. The existing facility, owned by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and run by Coleman Health Services, will undergo a renovation, which will include the construction of an additional wing dedicated to children and their families, along with an expansion of services designed to combat the growing demand for mental health assistance in Portage County. Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County Executive Director John Garrity said construction on the project is expected to start in the fall of 2024, at the latest, and is projected to be finished as early as fall of 2025. State Rep. Gail Pavliga's advocacy at the state house was instrumental in acquiring $2.5 million in state funding for the project; another $2 million was sourced from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the remainder came from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County's local levy reserves. Read Full Story
Mon, Mar 11, 2024
Spectrum is expanding its broadband services in Portage County. During an event on Jan. 25, representatives from Charter Communications, which goes by the brand name Spectrum, announced that the service expansion will reach more than 290 homes and small businesses in Portage County. The new lines will carry internet, TV, mobile and voice services. The fiber-optic network expansion in Portage County is part of Spectrum's $5 billion investment in rural communities, which is partly funded by $1.2 billion from the Federal Communications Commission's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse auction, an FCC program launched in 2019. Read Full Story
Fri, Jan 26, 2024

Portage County’s lack of safe and affordable housing comes down to dollars and decisions, said attendees of a Jan. 22 housing summit hosted by State Rep. Gail Pavliga alongside representative... Read Full Story

Wed, Jan 24, 2024
The Ohio House recently approved a measure to rename a portion of state Route 88 for fallen Ravenna police officer James Wert. House Bill 251 designates a portion of Route 88 in Portage County as the "Patrolman James R. Wert Memorial Highway." Ravenna Police Chief Chief Jeff Wallis accompanied Wert's widow, Rebecca, and his siblings, Lynn and Dave, to hear State Rep. Gail Pavliga speak about the bill, which was approved unanimously. Read Full Story
Fri, Dec 29, 2023
Rep. Gail Pavliga, R-Atwater, on Nov. 14 introduced a bill that would require the state to develop and distribute training materials about sextortion for police officers. Earlier this year, Pavliga called sextortion a crisis in Ohio. The bill directs the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop the materials but doesn't require officers to be trained. As of Nov. 28, the bill had been referred to the Homeland Security Committee. Read Full Story
Fri, Dec 1, 2023
What to do if you represent a largely rural county that has such problems with public transportation that no one person can see the big picture, much less solve it? Read Full Story
Wed, Sep 13, 2023
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The need for affordable workforce housing in Ohio has never been higher. That is why I was proud to champion the affordable workforce housing tax credits in our state budget. The initiative leverages federal funds, incentivizes private sector investment, and encourages economic growth by creating a more affordable and sustainable housing landscape for our workers and their families. Read Full Story
Sun, Aug 13, 2023
Words that Matt Triplet had waited more than two years to hear finally met his ears shortly after 11 a.m. last Friday. Read Full Story
Fri, Jul 7, 2023
The newly signed state budget will bring many benefits to Portage County, State Rep. Gail Pavliga said. The budget includes funding for affordable housing and mental healthcare. Read Full Story
Thu, Jul 6, 2023