Brown Announces $8 Million in Federal Funding to Update Downtown Akron

New Infrastructure Plan Unveiled by Brown would Expand Program that Made Funding Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $8 million in new federal funding for the City of Akron to continue its ongoing project to update the Downtown Akron Promenade. Brown wrote to the Department of Transportation in October in support of this project.

“When Ohio cities have up-to-date roads and infrastructure, it helps them grow and supports local jobs,” said Brown. “This support is critical to continued efforts to improve downtown Akron and its Main Street Corridor.”

The funding for the project was made available through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which supports road, rail, transit and port projects that accomplish critical national objectives.

Brown is the ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees public transit. Just yesterday, Brown unveiled a new infrastructure proposal that would expand the TIGER Grant Program.