Economic Development

YSU Gets $187K from Commission Trump’s Budget Would Cut

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A $187,000 federal grant is on its way to Youngstown State University from the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, announced today, which underscores why the economic development agency is vital to the region, he said.

The commission is on the chopping block under President Trump’s proposed budget.

The YSU grant will equip a laboratory with machinery that will demonstrate and teach advanced techniques for using flexible automation such as co-robotics to assist electronics manufacturers, according to Ryan’s office. About 50 students will use the lab each semester.

The Appalachian Regional Commission funds development projects in 13 states.

“Once more, Youngstown and the Greater Mahoning Valley is benefiting from the important development work that the Appalachian Regional Commission facilitates,” Ryan said in a statement. “I cannot understate the importance of these types of investments, as well as the commissions that make them possible. That is why I will do everything in my power in Congress to fight President Trump’s proposed budget, which would eliminate the ARC entirely. The money invested through the ARC is not money wasted, it supports vital projects in communities that need it most,” Ryan said.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.