WITH COLLAPSING “IRISHTOWN BEND” OF CUYAHOGA RIVER POSING THREAT TO CLEVELAND BUSINESSES, BROWN ANNOUNCES INFRASTRUCTURE BILL TO SUPPORT CRITICAL PROJECTS THAT HELP CREATE AND PROTECT JOBS, SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

August 21, 2011 – A section along the Cuyahoga River known as Irishtown Bend is close to collapse, posing a threat to Cleveland businesses like ArcelorMittal and other companies that rely on the River to do business. At a news conference today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced new legislation that would ease our nation’s infrastructure deficit, provide for the repair of critical projects, and put Americans back to work. Brown’s bill would create a national infrastructure bank to provide loans and loan guarantees for critical infrastructure projects of national and regional importance —like repairs to the Irishtown Bend—that create and protect jobs, increase economic competitiveness, bolster exports, and encourage private investment.

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Port Authority Awarded EPA Grant to Capture Floating Debris in River

Grant underscores Port’s strategic goal to play leadership role in river restoration

August 10, 2011 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority a $425,160 grant for a specialized system to capture and remove floating debris along North Coast Harbor and the Cuyahoga River ship channel. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant will allow the Port to move forward with one element of a broader plan for river infrastructure renewal as outlined in its draft Strategic Action Plan.

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