COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) today announced that the Governor has signed the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects. In total, Union County received over $1.65 million in funding for a variety of important projects.
"Specifically in our rural communities, many investments were made for our schools, infrastructure and public services, and significant increases in opioid, mental health, and addiction services,” said Burke. “I am pleased with what we have been able to accomplish alongside our local leaders."
“One project I am particularly excited about is the Automotive and Mobility Innovation Center that will be built along the 33 Smart Corridor," said Burke. “This research and development building will serve the people of Union County by providing a space for businesses and agencies to explore automotive and smart mobility technology.”
$1.5 million has been allocated to build this multi-tenant and multi-use building that will house automotive companies, academia, government entities (including state agencies), entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. Together they will develop and explore real-world applications for emerging automotive technologies. The project will create economic development which will lead to a stronger tax base and generate new jobs for Marysville and central Ohio.
An additional $50,000 has been allocated for the restoration of the Avalon Uptown Theatre, a significant cultural attraction located in Marysville. Once complete, the facility will serve as a movie theatre, entertainment and community event center that will boost local economy and tourism. Upon re-opening, it is anticipated that 4 to 5 new full-time and multiple part-time jobs will be created.
"I would also like to give special thanks to Representative Dorothy Pelanda for her hard work to secure $100,000 for the Richwood Beach and Shelter House,” added Burke.
This project would include a composting toilet and ADA compliant shelter house with fireplace. This improvement will benefit many of Richwood’s 2,300 residents as well as visitors from surrounding townships who frequent the park and its beach.
The legislature generally approves a Capital Budget every two years with the goal of funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. For a full list of community projects by county, click here.
STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPITAL BILL: