ODOT Advisory Group Looks at Funding for Transportation

Feb 25, 2019 | News

Adequate funding for infrastructure — notably Ohio’s roads and bridges — is a top priority for economic development in the state.

In the face of declining gas tax revenues and changes in transportation technology, Governor DeWine and ODOT established the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure.

The final report of this advisory committee was issued in February, and includes many opinions about transportation infrastructure issues and in particular how to bring up revenue to cover needs in the future. The report notes that the “only funding mechanism that generated broad consensus was an increase in the motor fuel user fee.”

This report can be obtained at: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOOD/2019/02/15/file_attachments/1156380/Transportation%20Report%20Final%20smaller%20file.pdf?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=2019-2-18_Newsletter_FINAL&utm_medium=email

A Stronger Workforce through Understanding Mental Health and Addiction

About three months ago, we launched our Recovery Within Reach campaign, a first-of-its-kind effort to educate Ohioans about the financial effects of opioid addiction — and to connect them with treatment options close to their homes.

Our goal is to create a new way of talking about addiction, one in which people consider the facts and practical realities of how substance use disorder affects their lives. Not long ago, Gov. Mike DeWine challenged all of us in state government to think of ways we could help Ohioans navigate the opioid crisis that has affected our state for so long. For us, that meant considering the financial effects of addiction — and providing tools and trainings to help Ohioans and financial advisers talk about addiction and access care.

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Newark Development Partners continues to make strides in Downtown Newark

Newark Development Partners (NDP), the community improvement corporation for the City of Newark, continues to further development in the Downtown through various projects. The sale of the Hudson Avenue Church with surrounding property, the renewal of the Downtown Special Improvement District and the commencement of construction at the Historic Arcade are all recent successes for the City of Newark.

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