Tiffin, Ohio – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) hosted a panel discussion in downtown Tiffin on Tuesday with officials and community leaders to discuss how President Joe Biden’s recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will improve the local economy in Tiffin and across the state. from Ohio.
The roundtable, held at Old Trinity Episcopal Church, included:
- Dan Barbee, President of Mercy Health Rural Hospitals
- Kristy Buskirk, owner of Clay Hill Farms
- Sharon George, Executive Director of Seneca County Family and Children First Council
- Rev. Aaron Gerlach, Rector of Old Trinity Episcopal Church
- Brent Howard, Town of Tiffin Legal Director
- David Zak, President and CEO of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
- Pat DeMonte, Seneca County Council on Homelessness
Senator Brown worked with communities around Ohio to secure bold infrastructure victories in the Infrastructure and Jobs Bill. Brown is also working to push through the Build Back Better economic framework, which he says will invest in families and put workers at the center of our economy by reducing the biggest costs families face.
âCommunities like Tiffin have been trying to get Washington to listen to your infrastructure needs for years,â Brown said at the roundtable. “Under President Biden, we’re finally getting there.”
According to Brown’s office, the infrastructure and jobs bill will drive the necessary investments in Ohio, including:
- Repair highways, rebuild bridges and modernize ports, airports and transit systems
- Provide clean drinking water, a renewed electricity grid and broadband to all Americans
- Revitalize manufacturing, secure American supply chains, invest in R&D and train Americans for the jobs of tomorrow
- Create good quality jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces while guaranteeing workers the free and fair choice to organize, join a union and bargain collectively with their employers
- Solidify the infrastructure of our care economy by creating jobs and increasing wages and benefits for essential home care workers, the majority of whom are women of color
“We appreciate Senator Brown visiting us to discuss issues critical to our community, and we appreciate his advocacy and working with us to create a stronger economy and community here that thrives and continually improves its quality of life.” , said David Zak, president. & CEO of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.
âIt was a pleasure meeting with Senator Sherrod Brown this afternoon to discuss the needs of families and children. The Seneca County Family & Children First Council works with community agencies to identify service gaps and provide resources and services to families and children. Senator Brown shares our passion for children and families and for helping workers recover from addictions, providing mental health training, access to health care, creating well-paying jobs and housing. fair. We greatly appreciate that Senator Brown took the time to visit Seneca County to discuss how we can improve communication and generate ideas on how to work together to serve the families and children of Ohio â said Sharon George, director of the Seneca County Family & Children First Council.
Concretely, the bill includes:
- brown Bridge investment law, which will provide $ 12.5 billion in funding to repair and replace nationally and regionally significant bridges, like the Brent Spence Bridge in Ohio, which is part of the Law on investment in infrastructure and employment historic investment. The package also provides Ohio $ 9.8 billion in formula funding to repair, replace and upgrade roads and bridges statewide.
- brown Build America Buy America Act, which will apply strict Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects.
- $ 89.9 billion in funding to provide a record investment in public transit, including $ 1.286 billion for Ohio transit agencies:
- $ 65 billion in funding to help communities improve access to broadband broadband.
- $ 55.4 billion in funding to help communities improve local water and sewer systems.
- $ 7.5 billion to support and strengthen electric vehicles (EVs) and alternative charging infrastructure, which will create well-paying jobs.