WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $1,055,260 was awarded to Community Improvement Corporation of Springfield and the City of Springfield to improve access roads for the new Prime Ohio II Industrial Park. The funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), will build new infrastructure to attract tenants. EDA notes that the project will help support the creation of an estimated 1,000 new jobs.
"Yesterday's hard-hit regions are becoming tomorrow's economic development hubs," said Brown. "These infrastructure investments will help to lay the groundwork to help attract new jobs to the region."
The Prime Ohio II Industrial Park is located off of Interstate-70 and has rail access. This project is also expected to help the region recover from the severe wind storms of 2008 associated with Tropical Depression Ike.
Earlier this week, Brown attended a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs today entitled "Investing in Infrastructure: Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy." In his statement, Brown called for targeted infrastructure investments that will create jobs and strengthen our nation's economy.
President Obama's recent proposal to rehabilitate the nation's transportation infrastructure by creating an "infrastructure bank" augments Recovery Act efforts already underway. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's transportation stimulus funds will be spent in nearly every Ohio county and create or retain an estimated 21,257 jobs.