Eastgate Area Awarded $19 Million in ACGP Funding

10 May 2024

A map of project locations listed for the Ohio's Wonderful Waterfronts Initiative.

On Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine announced over $19 million in Appalachian Community Grant Program (ACGP) funds for the Eastgate Local Development District for projects spanning from Ashtabula to Mahoning County. These funds are part of the Ohio's Wonderful Waterfronts Initiative.

More than $51 million will be awarded to 18 communities in 10 counties as part of the $500-million Appalachian Community Grant Program, which was created by the DeWine-Husted Administration and Ohio General Assembly to reinvigorate Appalachian communities and rebuild local economies. The grants announced today represent the final projects to be funded through this transformational program. 

"We believe in the people of Appalachia, and we believe in their vision for the future," said Governor DeWine. "The half billion dollars we've invested in Appalachia will create new opportunities that add to the quality of life for those living in this beautiful and historic region and spur economic growth that will be life-changing for many Ohioans."

The projects in the Eastgate LDD are are:

Ashtabula County - $2.6 million for the city of Geneva, a $1.6 million for the city of Ashtabula, a $860,000 for the village of Geneva-on-the-Lake, and a $276,000 for the city of Conneaut.

Trumbull County - $4.3 million for the city of Warren, $3.5 million for the city of Niles, and $372,746 for Bristol Township.

Mahoning County - $3.8 million for the city of Youngstown, $1.1 million for the city of Struthers, and $936,960 for the village of Lowellville.

More information on the over $50 million in funding announced on Thursday can be found at the Governor's website, linked below.

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During the announcement in Warren, Governor DeWine also announce a separate $5 million in funding for the removal of the Main Street Dam. This dam removal is part of the regional effort to remove the dams and  clean the built up sediment in the Mahoning River, towards the end of allowing the communities along the river to develop their waterfronts for community and economic use.

Concerning the project, Governor DeWine said, "It's time to let the river run free," expressing to the mayors of the river communities that he wishes to canoe along the damless river before his term ends in January 2027.