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September 09, 2022

News From the District: Congressman Trone Highlights Federal Investments in Infrastructure and Public Safety During Western Maryland Tour


September 9, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

News From the District: Congressman Trone Highlights Federal Investments in Infrastructure and Public Safety During Western Maryland Tour

Rep. Trone visits the Barton Hose Company in Barton, MD. Trone requested $1,875,000 in FY23 Community Project Funding in the House-passed federal funding bill for the construction of a new garage, remodeling upgrades, and a refurbishment of capital equipment, including their frontline engine.

CUMBERLAND, MD — This week, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) visited Allegany, Frederick, and Garrett Counties to present nearly $900,000 in Community Project Funding (CPF) for broadband expansion, visit local businesses, and discuss infrastructure and public safety. Trone also visited community centers and services to discuss his CPF requests in the House-passed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) government funding bill.

On Wednesday, Trone kicked off his tour by meeting with Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss to discuss Trone’s $4.8 million FY23 CPF request to repair the Fayette Street Bridge that serves as a crucial thoroughfare for residents across the CSX railroad lines. Afterward, Trone met with community leaders and members of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority to learn about the River Park project, which would revitalize the riverfront and boost the local economy.

Later, Trone toured the Western Maryland WorksTraining Center and Makerspace, a satellite facility of the Allegany College of Maryland dedicated to manufacturing and technology workforce development. Trone capped off the day by meeting with Frostburg Mayor W. Robert Flanigan to discuss Trone’s FY23 $531,718 CPF request that would fund the construction of a new childcare center. This facility would meet an urgent need for childcare, especially for younger-aged children and low-income families.

On Thursday, Trone visited Barton Hose Company No. 1 to discuss his FY23 $1.87 million CPF request that would be used to refurbish equipment, remodel the existing fire station, and build a new garage. Later, Tronetoured the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center and had lunch with first responders to learn more about his FY23 $698,848 CPF request for emergency radio equipment that would support emergency preparedness and response.

Afterward, Trone presented an $883,574 CPF check to Garrett County for a broadband expansion project that will bring high-speed internet to more than 270 households, 24 farms, and 17 businesses. This funding passed in the last federal funding bill for FY 2022. Without this project, there are no plans for internet service in this area. Trone also visited Garrett Regional Medical Center to talk about his FY23 $650,000 CPF request for an electronic health record system. This would allow them to better coordinate care by more seamlessly communicating with the West Virginia University Medicine health system.

On Friday, Trone participated in Frederick County’s Soil Smart Farm Day, where he had the opportunity to tour different agriculture operations, view their environmental management practices, and discuss the issues facing the agriculture community. Trone was awarded a Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for the 116th Congress by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

“Ensuring that Western Marylanders have access to affordable, high-speed broadband is vital for education, health care, and our local economies. This week, we presented crucial funding for broadband expansion efforts and soon, several hundred homes and businesses will get connected,” said Congressman David Trone. “We’ve got multiple other Community Project Funding requests in the works for critical infrastructure, public safety, and health care upgrades. I’m looking forward to getting these across the finish line in Congress to bring much-needed federal support to our rural communities.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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