Federal Building in Youngstown Gets $750K Investment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The U.S. General Services Administration announced that $750,000 was awarded to restore native plant communities at the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

The funding is part of $23.8 million awarded for 13 projects at federal buildings across 10 states through GSA’s Good Neighbor Program, which is funded through the Inflation Reduction Act.

“These investments are another way we remain good neighbors and collaborate with communities as we deliver the highest quality workplaces for GSA’s client agencies and best value to the public,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “We’re committed to investing in America so we can encourage vitality, economic mobility and climate resilience while ensuring federal buildings enrich the communities they inhabit.”

The 13 sites were selected for their opportunity to make a positive impact on surrounding neighborhoods that are disadvantaged as identified by the White House Council on Environmental Quality Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. GSA also evaluated potential community impacts using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EJScreen, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool.

“From stormwater runoff into local waterways to heat islands created by parking lots, we know that federal buildings have an impact on their surroundings and are sometimes the primary way members of the public interact with their government,” said Elliot Doomes, GSA public buildings service commissioner. “We envision these projects being a model for how GSA can identify and undertake projects in collaboration with local stakeholders that will maximize benefits to the communities we serve and enhance their environment.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.