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October 5, 2006

Congresswoman Deborah Pryce

Producing Results for Ohio’s 15 th District

Ohio’s 15 th congressional district sent Congresswoman Deborah Pryce to Washington to get things done, and have sent her back to Washington every two years because she is producing results. Pryce’s extensive experience serving in the House is complemented by that of her colleagues in the Ohio delegation, making Ohio one of the most influential delegations in the nation. “Team Ohio” gives all Ohioans a powerful voice in our nation’s capitol. The results of this influence are self-evident -- Pryce has brought home over half a billion dollars for central Ohio initiatives and priorities. Highlights include:

Creating and Preserving Job Opportunities in central Ohio

  • $120 million for a new intermodal facility at Rickenbacker Airport to maximize its potential to handle goods and allow the transfer of cargo between air, rail and truck, creating 20,000 jobs over 20 years in our community.
  • Co-led efforts of the central Ohio delegation to preserve jobs at the Defense Supply Center Columbus during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.
  • $18 million for the new Port Columbus, Air Traffic Control Tower and nearly $50 million for airport improvements, increasing Port Columbus’ capacity and efficiency, and creating jobs (also listed below).
  • $7.3 million for the Third Frontier Network, a one-of-a-kind broadband network connecting Ohio’s academic, scientific, and medical research institutions/ organizations/companies. As innovation increases, so does economic growth and job creation (also listed below).
  • $500,000 for a Small Business and Art Center at the Columbus College of Art & Design to train the next generation of artists and designers through the use of small business incubation and creative mentoring for small, start-up firms, with a goal to keep the students’ creative talents in the local area by providing them advantages when they enter the small business market (also listed below).
  • $2.2 million for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to build a “green business” incubator and resource center on a landfill in Grove City.

Bringing Ohio into the 21 st Century Through State-Of-The-Art Technology and Research

Ø Over $4.2 million for the construction of a biomedical research facility at OSU

Ø Over $2 million for a Gynecological Cancer Research Center at OSU.

  • $350,000 for the Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus to launch a unified research database linking collaborating institutions in Ohio to deliver publicly available pediatric cancer and disease database to the national community.
  • $2.45 million for research conducted at The Ohio State University involving the dietary administration of freeze-dried black raspberries and powerful effects on cancer treatment
  • $1.5 million for the nation’s premier cancer clinical trial sites, like Columbus Children's Hospital, to accelerate the pace of research on pediatric cancer.
  • $2 million for The Ohio State University to purchase and construct a High Density Laser research facility that will allow OSU to make research advancements into fusion energy production.

Building Education Opportunities for Central Ohio Children

  • $400,000 for the I KNOW I CAN Foundation in Columbus to award grants for college-bound high school graduates to satisfy financial need.
  • $350,000 for the Buckeye Ranch to design and implement prevention programming to reach youth before their issues require therapeutic intervention.
  • $1.9 million for the Ohio School for the Deaf to develop national program that provides a tailored learning curriculum through Virtual Reality for hearing-impaired children and adults and enable them to acquire life skills and academic instruction in an environment that uniquely fits their special challenges.
  • $150,000 for the Columbus Public Schools’ Attaining Achievement through Technology program to purchase advanced graphing calculators for lower-income classrooms and allow students the ability to pursue higher math curriculums.

Strengthening Health Care in Central Ohio

  • $95 million to build a brand new, much needed outpatient veterans health clinic in Columbus
  • $450,000 for the Columbus Healthcare Workforce Center to insure adequate delivery of healthcare for the Columbus community by providing additional support to the five nursing colleges and universities in Columbus.
  • Led effort to secure PPS-exempt status for the James Cancer Hospital. This has allowed the hospital to receive appropriate reimbursement for the care it provides.

Caring for our Community’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

  • $2 million for implementation of the ePassport program in central Ohio. This program empowers foster youth with a SmartCard that contains complete, confidential and current information about the youth (health, education, etc).
  • $450,000 for Columbus Children’s Hospital Center for Child and Family Advocacy. The Center is an unprecedented relationship between service providers for child victims and adult victims of family violence.  It is the first center in the U.S. with co-located child abuse and domestic violence services under one roof.  Pryce secured $850,000 in operational costs for the Center.
  • $3.8 million for Campus Partners, a neighborhood revitalization effort. These funds support “gap financing” for the renovation of low-income housing, a critical crime prevention and public safety initiative, and community-based neighborhood planning.
  • Led efforts to curtail abuse and improve the process of placing Native American children into permanent homes. Pryce became interested in the issue when a Columbus couple in the process of adopting twin girls (who they had custody of for 6 months, since infancy) was informed upon finalization of their adoption that ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) had been invoked, retroactively, although only one of the girls’ great-great-great grandparents was Native American.
  • Secured funding for central Ohio’s Children’s Hunger Alliance to break the cycle of childhood hunger in central Ohio. 1 in 6 children in Ohio are hungry or at risk of hunger. 
  • Led efforts to continue federal support for community revitalization and low-income housing production programs (through the Community Development Block Grant).

Fighting Crime & Keeping Central Ohio A Safer Place to Live

  • Spearheaded efforts to secure $100 million to speed up the processing of DNA rape kits.
  • $750,000 for the Columbus Police Department to build wireless devices that can scan and analyze fingerprints against a database and to incorporate palmprints into that database.
  • $150,000 for the Columbus Police Department to purchase digital cameras for their police cruisers.
  • Led efforts to secure funding to combat the proliferation of the drug methamphetamine in Ohio and across the country. Meth poses a real threat to communities, children, and the nation’s social fabric.

Making Transportation Safer, More Efficient, and More Affordable in Central Ohio

  • $18 million for the new Port Columbus, Air Traffic Control Tower and nearly $50 million for airport improvements
  • $3.6 million for construction of the 315 ramp, which opened in 2004 and is providing direct access to the OSU Medical Center for visitors and patients. Prior to construction of this ramp, patients, emergency vehicles, and motorists had to use the Lane Avenue exit, which added 10 minutes onto their trip.

Ø $14 million to reconstruct the I-70/71 split

Ø $11 million to upgrade the Rt. 665 bridge over I-71 and the corresponding interchange lanes in Grove City

Ø $7.5 million to house COTA’s paratransit vehicles

Ø $10.5 million to rebuild the Scioto River Bridges

Ø $5.4 million for the Riversouth Street Network improvements downtown

  • $1.3 for improvements to the Morse Road Corridor from Indianola Avenue to Karl Road

Other Improvements, Protections, and Efforts to Fight Red Tape & Justice In Columbus & Nationwide

  • $90 million for the completion in 2004 of the Franklinton Flood Wall to protect the 17,000 Franklinton residents from any future Scioto River floods.
  • $1 million to upgrade to the West Jefferson water treatment facility.
  • $1 million to upgrade the Marysville water treatment facility which is currently running at capacity and inhibits job growth.
  • $400,000 to combat Emerald Ash Borer infestations in Ohio. EAB has killed or infested 15 million ash trees in Ohio.
  • Led efforts to call upon the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to eliminate the delay in the naturalization application process in the State of Ohio. In 2003, Ohio had a 24-month processing time for naturalization applications, affecting countless Ohio visa holders including students, teachers, business men and women, hospital employees, lawyers, doctors and refugees. The wait time is now down to 6 months.