Dear Constituents,

As most of you know, the month of September brought into focus two major renova­tion projects that will impact the 99th District—the beginning of one and the comple­tion of another. I believe that both projects are a great step towards preserving a strong legacy of progression that will benefit the future generations of this district.

As most of you know, the month of September brought into focus two major renova­tion projects that will impact the 99th District—the beginning of one and the comple­tion of another. I believe that both projects are a great step towards preserving a strong legacy of progression that will benefit the future generations of this district.

For starters, it was confirmed that the Northeast Ohio Regional Airport will receive over $7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for runway rehabilita­tion. This work will allow our airport the capability to serve almost any private or business aircraft. The potential impact of this effort is monumental for businesses here in our district as many industries in the 21st century rely on quality infrastruc­ture to compete in world markets. Kudos to the airport authority for their hard work to secure this much-needed funding.

Additionally, the Ashtabula County District Library was dedicated on September 11th. This project—a $4 million project, was years in the making but was certainly well worth the time and effort. It too is important for the growth and development of the District but in a different manner.

This library was originally constructed in the early 1900’s with funding provided, in part, by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie believed that any person could begin to realize his or her potential through the acquisition of knowledge—knowledge that was made available at a free public library. At the core of the library’s purpose lies this indisput­able fact: libraries promote and encourage freedom of thought.

Our Ashtabula library underscores the need to protect that freedom of thought upon which the freedoms of speech, press, religion, and assembly are predicated. It is my hope that 100 years from now, when another addition is completed, those values and beliefs we cherish are reflected in that edifice—that the acquisition of knowledge, yoked with the development of empathy, empowers us to continue our pursuit of the American Dream, liberty, justice, and opportunity for all.

And so, from promoting the growth of business and industry to the growth of the in­dividual and the protection of our liberty, September was an exciting month in the history of the 99th House District. As we celebrate these fine accomplishments, let us remember that by working together, in harmony, we can all help to shape our district and our future.

Sincerely,

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October Newsletter