August 2, 2014

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LCCC could get $300K from feds

Lots of money could be flowing Lorain County’s way — including $300,000 for library improvements and a community resource center at Lorain County Community College.
U.S. Reps. Betty Sutton, D-Copley, and Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, announced Thursday they have secured $300,000 for Lorain County Community College in the House version of the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill.
But money for the state-of-the-art digital information resource center and other technological resources ultimately will depend on the Senate and President Bush, who has veto power.
“Certainly, we’ll be working with Senators (Sherrod) Brown and (George) Voinovich to let them know the importance of this funding for our area,” said Ian Mandel, spokesman for Sutton.
The funding would be used for course development, technical support, technical upgrades, Internet connectivity and enhancement of distance learning capacity at LCCC’s Library and Community Resource Center. Sutton and Kaptur had sought
$2.5 million of funding for the project.
LCCC President Roy Church said he was grateful for support of the project.
In addition, Lorain County commissioners were told of the following earmarks for the area in the House legislation:
* $200,000 for El Centro de Servicios Sociales Inc. ($600,000 was requested).
* $500,000 for the Lorain Port Authority Excursion Vessel Project ($10.9 million was requested).
* $350,000 for the Lorain County Board of Commissioners West Shore Rail Corridor Project ($1.5 million was requested).
* $380,000 for the Elyria Water Treatment Intake Plant ($380,000 was requested).
* $231,000 for the LCCC Entrepreneurship Innovation Center ($1 million was requested).
* $350,000 for the Elyria Water Treatment Plant ($380,000 was requested).
* $50,000 for the Lorain County Sheriff Mobile Data Terminal Installation Project ($127,500 was requested).
* $200,000 for the Lorain Police Department Communications/Emergency Operations Center ($686,813 was requested).
Commissioner Lori Kokoski said, “It’s good to be earmarked, and hopefully the money comes through.”
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.