Senator Beagle Announces Release Of Clean Ohio Funds To Help Rehab Former Car Dealership In Dayton
Third Frontier Grant Awarded To Support Development Of Nanofiber Paper
March 16, 2011
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State Senator Bill Beagle (R- Tipp City) announced that the state Controlling Board recently approved $182,790 in Clean Ohio Assistance funds to conduct an environmental assessment - including groundwater monitoring wells, soil borings and a geophysical survey - at the former West Side Chevrolet dealership in Dayton. The city wants to reuse the existing buildings on the property to house a healthy lifestyles center, which would include clinical offices to assist individuals with various health concerns as well as education programs to help support healthy living in the community. The two-story structure is anticipated to create 20 jobs. The assessment will help determine the suitability of the property for redevelopment and whether any remediation is needed. "Redeveloping this property will create new jobs in the community while providing residents with access to programs and professionals that can help improve their overall health," Beagle said. "I commend local officials for their efforts to reuse this former auto dealership and in obtaining Clean Ohio funds to help move this project forward." Clean Ohio Assistance funds are a part of the Clean Ohio Program, which was first authorized in 2000, and was renewed by voters in 2008. It provides funding that assists communities in cleaning and repurposing brownfields and vacant lots in industrial areas so they can be used for future economic development opportunities. The program also supports the preservation of green spaces and farmland throughout the state. In addition, the Controlling Board released a $1 million Third Frontier Research and Development Grant to Inorganic Specialists, Inc. (ISI) in Miamisburg to support the company's efforts to manufacture and sell nanofiber paper, which is used in items such as fuel cells, lithiumion batteries and other composite materials. ISI has created a process to make nanofiber paper on a continuous basis, and has proposed setting up a demonstration of the paper-making equipment in a space adjacent to its Miamisburg facility. This project will also allow the company to begin selling significant quantities of nanofiber paper and attract additional investment. ISI is collaborating with Ultramet, Southeast Nonwovens, Mound Technical Solutions and EaglePicher Technologies on this project. The funds awarded to ISI are made possible by the Third Frontier Project, a 10-year initiative that began in 2002 and is designed to expand Ohio's high-tech research capabilities, support entrepreneurship, develop new products and finance advanced manufacturing technologies to help existing industries become more productive. A four-year, $700 million renewal of the program was approved by Ohio voters last year.
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