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Roemer, Ohio House Passes Strategic Community Investment Fund and Delivers for Summit County

February 7, 2024
Bill Roemer News

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today approved the historic Strategic Community Investment Fund, as part of Substitute House Bill 2, announced State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield). 

The Strategic Community Investment Fund includes $350 million for statewide, regional, and local projects, nearly $15 million of which will be directed toward Summit County and the surrounding communities. The fund was established under the state’s main operating budget passed in 2023 and includes excess funding from the previous fiscal year.

“This wide range of investments will encourage growth in all corners of Summit Count and beyond,” said Roemer. “I’m proud to have advocated for these funds to help the people of Ohio.”

Due to ongoing conservative fiscal stewardship, Roemer was able to secure the following one-time funding for projects in Summit County:

$2.5 million to expand the Akron-Canton Airport, boosting the aviation industry in Ohio;
$2 million to establish a new immersive space at the Akron Art Museum fostering fun;
$1.5 million to construct a regional fire training complex in Cuyahoga Falls, with space for 50 students.
$1.75 million to support the Akron Zoo Veterinary Hospital, ensuring the animals get the care they deserve; 
$1.25 million to revitalize land for CHC Addiction Services creating a pharmacy, a health center, and a centralized in and out-patient services increasing accessibility to care;
$1 million to renovate Barberton City Hall into the Barberton Justice Center; and

In addition to these local investments, the bill also includes additional statewide capital investments of: 

$600 million for the School Building Program Assistance Fund;
$400 million for the Public Works Commission Local Public Infrastructure and State Capital Improvement Program;
$397.6 million for higher education projects around the state; and
$250 million for local jail construction across Ohio.
These investments will be incorporated as part of the greater State Capital Budget bill, a two-year construction budget for capital projects.