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Rep. Grim Votes to Allocate Over $13M in State Funds for Economic Growth, Community Development for Lucas County

The bipartisan House Bill 2 now heads to the Ohio Senate which needs to approve the funds so they may be distributed to Ohioans
February 7, 2024
Michele Grim News

COLUMBUS -  State Rep. Michele Grim (D-Toledo) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill (HB) 2, appropriating $2B of state funds for economic development and community investments that will help drive economic growth and generate opportunities across Ohio.

HB 2 includes half of the $700M from the One Time Strategic Community Investments Fund (OTSCIF), funding that was set aside in the most recent state operating budget. Rep. Michele Grim is excited to announce Lucas County will receive $13,310,000. 

“I am thrilled with the passage of House Bill 2. These allotted funds will have a direct, positive impact on the greater Toledo community. The bipartisan passage of the bill will allow for projects to sooner begin and be fully taken advantage of. It has been a privilege to advocate for these funds for District 43 and Lucas County,” said Rep. Grim.

The $13,310,000 of OTSCIF funds will be distributed to several local entities, including: 

  • $3M to the Lucas County Seawall and River Edge Reconstruction Project
  • $1.7M to the Virginia Stranahan Trail and Senior Affordable Housing/Senior Center Development
  • $1.6M to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Facility Repairs
  • $1.45M to the Inclusive Multigenerational Community and Recreation Center (IMCRC)
  • $1M to the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport Terminal Renovation Project
  • $1M to the Toledo YWCA Domestic Shelter Project

 Additionally, HB 2 includes $1.65B of capital budget funding for the following state entities:

  • $600M for the Facilities Construction Commission (FCC) to provide the state share of project costs to school districts participating in facilities projects overseen by OFCC.
  • $400M for the Public Works Commission to issue grants and loans to local governments for road and bridge projects, fresh water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, storm sewer systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.
  • $397.6M for state-supported higher education institutions to conduct construction of new facilities, major renovations of existing facilities, or basic renovations at public universities and their regional campuses and community colleges. 
  • $250M to support the Local Jail Facility Funding Program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), involving the construction and renovation of county jails.

Funding for regional higher education institutions includes over $17M in funding for Bowling Green State University and over $19M in funding for the University of Toledo

HB 2 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration. Community projects will have additional funding opportunities from the traditional capital budget and the remaining one-time funds.