Senate District 17
Bob Peterson
Peterson Announces Additional CARES Act Funding, Approval of Funds for University and State Park Improvements
August 24, 2020
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) voted today in favor of releasing capital appropriations to Ohio University’s Southern and Chillicothe campuses and to Southern State Community College for campus improvements and workforce training equipment. Senator Peterson serves on the State Controlling Board, which also approved funds for renovations at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County.

“I am proud to vote for funding that allows us to continue to invest in Ohio’s higher education institutions and state parks,” Peterson said. “These institutions are vital to our communities and the capital appropriations will enable them to stimulate our economy and better serve Ohioans.”

Ohio University will receive over $1 million for building infrastructure improvements and repairs at both the Chillicothe and Southern campuses. Southern State Community College will use $483,587 to purchase health science equipment that will provide students in the region with hands on experience as they prepare for the workforce. Deer Creek State Park plans to use over $600,000 to replace beach house restrooms with modern restroom facilities.
Senator Peterson also voted in favor of the over $175 million in additional funding for COVID-19-related expenses for Ohio’s townships, municipalities, and counties. This is the second round of funding provided to Ohio communities through the federal CARES Act for necessary expenses associated with the current public health emergency and will be distributed based on the proportion of Local Government Fund revenue allocated to them in 2019.

To date, nearly $2.7 billion in CARES Act funding has been approved by the General Assembly to be distributed Ohio’s communities as they continue to battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about the funds approved today can be found here.
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