WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus today to highlight improvements funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 that have helped promote economic development and job creation. The widening of Parsons and Livingston Avenues, expected to create more than 300 jobs, marks the groundbreaking of the 10,000th Recovery Act road project. After the visit, Brown released the following statement:
“The road infrastructure and neighborhood revitalization projects at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will create jobs immediately while providing a long-term boost to central Ohio’s community. I’ve held more than 150 roundtables in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. At most of them, I hear how important infrastructure improvements are to local communities – not just from mayors and county officials, but from businesses and Chambers of Commerce.
“That’s why we passed the Recovery Act – to put Americans back to work while making permanent investments that help communities expand existing institutions or attract new business. Since the Recovery Act passed in February 2009, the job losses have slowed – in Ohio, we’ve added more than 100,000 jobs in Ohio through the first four months of this year. Nationally, if we produce jobs over the next seven months at the same pace as we did in the first four months, we’ll have created more jobs in 2010 than over George W. Bush’s eight-years.
“But we won’t have a full economic recovery until every Ohio worker looking for a job can find one. We need to continue to work alongside the private sector to create jobs. That means helping small business access credit so they can expand operations and hire new workers. It means helping Ohio auto suppliers and other businesses retool so they can produce clean energy components that they can export around the world. And it means enforcing trade laws that ensure a level playing field for Ohio manufacturers.”