Under the Coal Communities Commitment, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is leveraging American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to diversify the economy of Ironton, Ohio, population 10, 749.
The funds, announced in August, will go toward roadway and water infrastructure upgrades intended to attract new businesses, and reliable water service is one primary goal.
The grant is expected to create 360 jobs, retain 30 jobs and generate $22 million in private investment.
“Ohio’s communities and families face a heavy burden when trying to pay for upgrades to local infrastructure,” said Senator Sherrod Brown in the EDA’s press release. “Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, these funds will help the city of Ironton provide residents with improved road and water infrastructure while creating jobs and attracting new investment to the community.”