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Hicks-Hudson announces release of over $8M in state funding for Lucas County projects

Projects include upgrades at University of Toledo, expanding job training services and renovations at Northwest Ohio Psychiatrist Hospital
January 30, 2019
Paula Hicks-Hudson News

State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $8 million in state funds for campus renovations and job training programs at University of Toledo, entrepreneurial services with NextTech Ohio and patient unit upgrades at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.

“I’m pleased to see the state support our Toledo community through the approval of these important projects,” said Hicks Hudson. “From infrastructure improvements, to expanding job training services, to ensuring our loved ones receive top of the line care, these investments will leave a lasting impact on our residents and their families.”

The following projects were approved to receive state funding:

— $279,964 to purchase transformers and switch gear equipment from various suppliers for the electrical system enhancements at the University of Toledo. 

— $168,002.20 for equipment to be located at the University of Toledo Engineering Technology Department in support of the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program, which expands education and skill training of students and/or incumbent workers to meet the current and future talent needs of growing, emerging, and high demand industries through investments in capital equipment and facilities.

— $2,000,000 for NextTech Ohio to serve as the lead Entrepreneurial Services Program (ESP) supported by Ohio Third Frontier, which provides high-value business services and networking opportunities in support of technology-based start-ups and entrepreneurs in the region.

— A total of $5,688,659 to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital to update architectural drawings and renovate five patient units.

The funding was approved at Monday’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending.