CLEVELAND - Today, Senator Williams (D-Cleveland) spoke at a press conference with leaders from the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to advocate for the Quicken Loans Arena deal. 

“I am here to confirm my support for the Q deal and press upon Council the importance of protecting and growing investments the citizens of this region have already made. As a member of the legislature, I've worked extremely hard to bring dollars back to this district for economic development and workforce training--because that's what the citizens have asked of us. Opposing a deal that helps to grow our economy is unwise!” 

Senator Williams wrote a letter of support to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the original “Q Deal” and now supports the three new agreements that have been added. First, the Cleveland Cavaliers have guaranteed that, for every dollar of admission tax that goes toward financing the renovations, one dollar will also go to the city's general fund. Second, the Cavaliers have agreed to resurface every basketball court at Cleveland recreation centers across the city. Finally, the Cavaliers will donate all the proceeds from away game watch parties to Habitat for Humanity in order to restore 100 homes across Cleveland over the next three years.

“I support this deal because I support job growth, economic development, and workforce training. The region is growing in high paying, in-demand jobs as old industries are being reimagined. Public dollars coupled with private investments have helped this region grow," added Senator Williams. "This shouldn't be about us versus them. Contrary to what some would have you believe, this deal is not about investing in a millionaire. It is about investing in ourselves and our region to improve our future.”

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