WASHINGTON, D.C. – A representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Myron Pakush, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 led a forum on economic inclusion in the public sector focused on infrastructure and transportation at Cleveland State University.

“For families, business owners, recent college graduates, and local leaders, economic opportunity should know no barriers,” Brown said. “Today’s forum is a part of a continued effort to eliminate the obstacles to economic growth by encouraging economic inclusion and job creation for women, minorities in northeast Ohio.

Federal and state agencies will pay out approximately $200 million in transportation funds this year in the Greater Cleveland area, including the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. Additional infrastructure and planned developments will result in over $2 billion in the next five years added to the local economy. Many of these developments rely on public funds and public agencies.

The forum focused on leveraging transportation and infrastructure projects, sharing best practices from key government officials and agency leaders, and connecting elected officials, public agencies, project owners and construction firms around the issue of economic inclusion in transportation and infrastructure.