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Akron, Ohio

CITY OF AKRON RECEIVES UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TIGER GRANT

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 07-27-2016

Akron, Ohio, July 27, 2016 The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Akron a $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant supporting the completion of the Downtown Akron Promenade. This fiscal year marks the eighth round of the highly successful and extremely competitive nationwide program.

TIGER discretionary grants provide for U.S. Department of Transportation projects that assist cities with capital investment funds addressing road, rail transit and port projects. Awarded projects are required to help improve their cities by delivering five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, quality of life, and environmental sustainability.

The City of Akron’s 2016 grant proposal received strong, diverse support from dozens of local businesses, agencies, and offices – including bi-partisan backing from Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Tim Ryan, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Congressman David Joyce.

“I am immensely thankful for the support of our County Executive Russ Pry, our congressional delegation including Rep. Marcia Fudge and Rep. Tim Ryan, and local business leaders who helped champion this effort,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan “It is truly an honor to be one of the few TIGER grant recipients in the State of Ohio over the past eight years. This grant is transformational for downtown Akron and for our growth strategies.”

"I am pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Akron $5 million for the construction of the Downtown Akron Promenade. This project will continue to revitalize the downtown area, provide residents with more walking trails, and improve overall quality of life for all. I congratulate Mayor Horrigan and the entire City of Akron, and look forward to the project's completion," said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.

I am very excited for the City of Akron and congratulate Mayor Horrigan and his administration on receiving this TIGER grant,” said Congressman Ryan. “This grant is a proven public-private partnership, and I was happy to speak to Department of Transportation Anthony Foxx in support of this project. Today’s announcement will spur the collaboration of our public and private sectors as they join together to transform the city and improve the quality of life. This is a great step forward for the City of Akron and I am proud to have played a role in securing these funds for the city.”

“This is amazing news for Akron. The TIGER grant is a way for us to make transformational change downtown, creating a welcoming, beautiful Main St that will set a new standard for how we design streets and sidewalks in our city. Residents, businesses and visitors will benefit from this investment to create an excellent public space for Akron's people,” added Suzie Graham, President and CEO, Downtown Akron Partnership.

The scope of the Akron project includes the construction of a green, complete streets corridor on Main Street in downtown Akron. Specific improvements include roadway and sidewalk repairs, the addition of on-street parking and dedicated bike lanes, transit enhancements, a roundabout, traffic enhancements, way-finding signage and green infrastructure. The local match contribution is estimated at 44%.

More About TIGER

Since 2009, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities.

Overall, the Department has received more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country. The TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, ports, and transit agencies. The 2015 TIGER round alone leveraged $500 million in federal investment to support $1.4 billion in overall transportation investments. For more information visit: https://www.transportation.gov/tiger

For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communications
166 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44306
www.akronohio.gov
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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