WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $250,000 to the Village of Jacksonville for its Water Distribution System Improvements Project. The funds for the project will go toward replacing 7,781 linear feet of aging water mains throughout the village and ensure a safe and reliable water supply to 279 households and 16 businesses in Athens County.

“Water infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, and improve access to safe and clean water for the Village of Jacksonville. I will continue to advocate for resources that ease the burden on Ohio’s local governments so Ohioans in small and rural communities have access to reliable public water services.”

In March of 2017, Brown spoke out against President Trump’s efforts to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) entirely, citing a need for continued investments in rural Ohio infrastructure.