YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ohio’s new operating budget includes more than $ 5 million for local projects.
A large portion of the funding – $ 3.5 million – is dedicated to efforts by America Makes in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College to develop an additive manufacturing training curriculum and curriculum for middle and high school students and minorities. and economically disadvantaged people, as well as to retrain and retrain adult workers, said Andrew Resnick, director of communications and public affairs at America Makes.
“The ownership is really about establishing more of a training network for the valley, a path to careers in the field of AM and a strong workforce that can match the growth of the AM industry in the area. the valley, ”he said.
Other budget-funded projects are the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care in Austintown, which receives $ 1 million, and the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission, which received $ 600,000 for the promotion of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. in the canton of Vienna and the James A. Garfield camp in Ravenna. .
“Additive manufacturing and America Makes, in particular, provide a sustainable competitive advantage in growing not only the valley economy, but the economy of Ohio as a whole. The Campus of Care is a unique concept to support our most vulnerable citizens, ”said Guy Coviello, president and CEO of the chamber, in a statement. “And the work done by Vito Abruzzino and EOMAC has helped the economic output of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station grow from $ 89 million to $ 137 million.”
The funding follows Monday’s announcement that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee had committed $ 9 million to widen the trail at YARS.
The Ohio budget is now awaiting Governor Mike DeWine’s signature. He has until June 30 at the end of the day to promulgate it.
“The leaders of our business and political communities have come together with one Valley voice to support these priorities,” said Ryan McNaughton, chamber vice president for government affairs. “We are grateful to our elected officials for listening to these important initiatives and for providing funds for these initiatives.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.