WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited communities across Ohio to highlight the wins he is working to deliver for Ohioans in the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan. He stopped at performing arts centers in Dayton and Lima, visited Norwalk to tour the West Main street water line project, hosted a virtual roundtable on mental health challenges facing young Black girls, toured the Akron Zoo to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and toured a union manufacturing plant in New Philadelphia to tout the Buy America protections he secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan.
During stops in Dayton and Lima: Brown joined local arts leaders at the Dayton Arcade and the Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center to show how the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) – which the Save Our Stages Act made possible – have helped local cultural and entertainment small businesses survive the pandemic and reopen. Brown helped write and pass the American Rescue Plan, which included the Save Our Stages Act. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance reopened for its new season last week and the Lima Symphony will begin in-person performances again this Saturday.
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During a stop in Norwalk: Brown joined Norwalk Mayor David Light on a walking tour of West Main Street in Norwalk to discuss how federal American Rescue Plan funds will finance replacement of a more than 100-year-old, cast-iron water line on West Main Street, and potential future infrastructure investments in the city from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan.
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During a roundtable Discussion on Mental Health Challenges Facing Young Black Girls: Brown convened a virtual roundtable discussion on the mental health challenges affecting young Black girls amid an alarming rise in suicide deaths. Brown spoke with mental health experts about a recent study, published by Dr. Arielle Sheftall through the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which found an increase in suicide rates among young Black children, and young Black girls in particular. The group discussed ways to support those in crisis.
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During a stop in Akron: Brown joined leaders of the Akron Zoo Thursday to tour the facility and show how Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds helped the zoo survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal funds helped the zoo reopen to the public and kept workers on the job.
During a stop in New Philadelphia: Brown joined Gradall Industries leadership and representatives from the International Association of Machinists Local 1285 at Gradall Industries’ manufacturing plant. Brown discussed Buy America protections he secured in the bipartisan infrastructure plan, the potential opportunities for Ohio suppliers like Gradall, and the benefits of a skilled, union workforce.
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