Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in support of the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act, of which Congressman Ryan is a cosponsor:
"I am proud to support the introduction of the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act. The TIGER grant program is an important component for job creation and economic development not only in my district, but across the nation.
"It is hard to find wisdom in the Republican decision on the House Appropriations Committee not to fund the TIGER program for the upcoming year. This is especially troublesome given the lack of a transportation bill that would accomplish the same goals as the TIGER program, and more importantly keep thousands of Americans employed.
"As a result of TIGER funding, I have personally witnessed the economic growth and redevelopment of a community in my district. The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), in collaboration with the City of Kent and Kent State University, was awarded $20 million to erect the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Facility in downtown Kent, and I am very proud to have played a leading role in securing those funds. The $20 million in TIGER funding leveraged a $105 million-plus facelift to the City of Kent, resulting in 969 construction jobs and over 700 permanent jobs, and an increase in local tax revenues. This public-private partnership will impact the City of Kent, Portage County and the greater N.E. Ohio region for decades to come. Our economy in northeastern Ohio is coming back, but we still have too many unemployed people. Now is not the time for arbitrary cancelling of funds for targeted, effective and community focused programs."