Girard is among a pair of Mahoning Valley communities that will share in a $8 million state infrastructure grant.
The Ohio Development Services Agency announced today that is has awarded 23 communities grants to assist with public facility, street, bridge and neighborhood improvements.
The grants total more than $8 million and will generate more than $12.7 million in additional project funds.
Girard will be getting a $300,000 Neighborhood Revitalization grant to improve sidewalks, streets, park facilities and fire protection facilities.
The project is expected to benefit 1,545 residents, according to the agency.
A bit farther south in Columbiana County, East Palestine is getting a $300,000 Critical Infrastructure grant to replace an aging bridge in the village. The bridge was constructed in the 1920s and is unsafe for travel. The project is expected to benefit 4,721 residents.
"The state is committed to investing in neighborhoods and business districts to improve the quality of life in a community and position it for growth," said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.
The Critical Infrastructure and Neighborhood Revitalization programs are competitive grants within the Community Development Block Grant program. Projects funded through these programs improve public facilities and infrastructure as well as rehabilitate buildings in a community's central business district.