A United States Senator visited Allen County on Tuesday in order to see the results of grants that helped two organizations survive the pandemic.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center to connect with local art leaders on how the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) has helped cultural and entertainment small businesses survive the pandemic.

The grants as well as an expansion provided by the American Rescue Plan awarded nearly 400 Ohio venues more than $300 million in initial and supplemental rounds of funding. The Civic and Convention Center received more than $400,000 in funds, while the Lima Symphony Orchestra Association received nearly $130,000 in funds.

Senator Brown states securing those funds was necessary for the growth of Ohio communities, including Lima.

"This is a lot of revenue for the community," said Brown. "It's tourist dollars, putting people to work, it's the trades, building things, it's all of that. It's good for the economy and it's good for the social enrichment of all of us."

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