At the request of Ohio City Incorporated, a $500,000 grant to benefit the West Side Market was announced on Tuesday as part of the State Capital Bill.

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CLEVELAND -- At the request of Ohio City Incorporated, a $500,000 grant to benefit the West Side Market was announced Tuesday as part of the State Capital Bill.

The funds will be dedicated to a larger effort to make improvements to the City of Cleveland facility.

In 2012, Ohio City Incorporated entered into an agreement with Mayor Frank Jackson to develop resources and to promote the West Side Market on behalf of the City of Cleveland, which owns and operates the Market. The partnership included a year-long celebration of the West Side Market's Centennial in 2012.

"The West Side Market's inclusion in the Capital Bill is the continuation of a four-year partnership with the City of Cleveland," said Eric Wobser, Executive Director of Ohio City Incorporated.

"This investment is a step toward increased community partnerships that will position the Market for success over the next 100 years. The State of Ohio's leadership recognizes the Market's importance as a cultural treasure, economic engine and neighborhood anchor."

The West Side Market project was supported by a long list of partners, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Patton and Representatives Bill Patmon and Marlene Anielski.

Ohio City Incorporated was represented in the state capital process by McDonald Hopkins and would also like to thank West Side Market Manager Amanda Dempsey for her efforts in securing support from the State of Ohio.

Ohio City Incorporated leads the development of Ohio City by serving a diverse community of committed people, driving new investments in and preserving the history of a unique place, and promoting an authentic urban neighborhood.

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