CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) yesterday hosted a meeting with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley to discuss the ongoing National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) facility relocation and consolidation project in Cincinnati. Brown and Portman convened this meeting to provide an opportunity for representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), General Services Administration (GSA), and NIOSH to give an update on the project and for local stakeholders, including the City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Cincinnati, and the Uptown Consortium to learn more about CDC’s plans for the design and construction phases of the project.

As part of the CDC, NIOSH is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. In 2015, Brown secured $110 million in federal funds to advance construction and site consolidation for NIOSH’s new facility in Cincinnati. Brown and Portman have worked together to protect that funding from cuts over the years in order to ensure the NIOSH construction continues moving forward.

“Yesterday’s meeting was a reminder of just how important NIOSH and its mission is to the entire Cincinnati community, and how excited we all are to move this project forward,” said Brown. “I’d like to thank the dedicated public servants at GSA and CDC and NIOSH for their work on this project and their willingness to engage with and take input from our local stakeholders. Senator Portman and I will continue to work with our federal partners, NIOSH employees, and other local stakeholders to see this project through until its completion.”

“NIOSH is an integral part of Cincinnati’s growing health care sector doing critical research in partnership with the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children’s while employing more than 500 Ohioans in the area. I’m glad we were able to bring together GSA, CDC, and local stakeholders for a productive meeting to discuss the NIOSH consolidation in Uptown Cincinnati and open the door for more collaborative work with Cincinnati Children’s and UC researchers. I will continue to work with Senator Brown and local stakeholders to ensure this consolidation goes smoothly,” said Portman.

The new construction project will consolidate NIOSH’s Cincinnati facilities into one central location to improve and enhance scientific collaboration, as employees conduct research and make recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. The funding will also ensure that there are appropriate and adequate research facilities for NIOSH’s scientific program and will reduce operating costs by consolidating multiple facilities at a new campus location with one modern, single consolidated facility at a site bound by Martin Luther King Drive East to the south, Harvey Avenue to the west, Ridgeway Avenue to the north, and Reading Road to the east in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati.