WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $19,527,640 Port Infrastructure Development (PID) grant to the Port of Conneaut to help connect truck and rail freight to the Great Lakes port to better facilitate commercial and industrial development in the region.

“It is important to make sure that the Port of Conneaut remains a critical shipping hub on the Great Lakes,” said Brown. “These funds will play an important role in the continued economic resurgence of Northeast Ohio, not only by protecting existing commerce on the Great Lakes, but by encouraging future economic and maritime development across Ashtabula County.”

Brown, who serves as Ranking Member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, continues to push the DOT to support maritime and intermodal projects. He recently wrote a letter to DOT Secretary Chao in support of these funds.