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<p>Gregg Floyd (second from left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined Congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the outdoor groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.</p>

Gregg Floyd (second from left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined Congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the outdoor groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.

<p>Gregg Floyd (second from right), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from PARTA, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.</p>

Gregg Floyd (second from right), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from PARTA, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.

<p>Congressman Tim Ryan commends Kent State, the city of Kent and others for the hard work that enabled the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility to become a reality.</p>

Congressman Tim Ryan commends Kent State, the city of Kent and others for the hard work that enabled the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility to become a reality.

<p>Congressman Tim Ryan talks to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.</p>

Congressman Tim Ryan talks to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.

<p>Kathleen Chandler (center), former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Tom Euclide (left), Kent State's associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations, listen to remarks made during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.<br />
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Kathleen Chandler (center), former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Tom Euclide (left), Kent State's associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations, listen to remarks made during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.

<p>Gregg Floyd (center), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, shares a laugh with local officials during the groundbreaking.<br />
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Gregg Floyd (center), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, shares a laugh with local officials during the groundbreaking.

<p>Gregg Floyd (left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, talks with Anne Moneypenny, former Kent Area Chamber of Commerce president, and Jim Bowling, superintendent of engineering for the city of Kent.</p>

Gregg Floyd (left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, talks with Anne Moneypenny, former Kent Area Chamber of Commerce president, and Jim Bowling, superintendent of engineering for the city of Kent.

  • <p>Gregg Floyd (second from left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined Congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the outdoor groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.</p>
  • <p>Gregg Floyd (second from right), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, joined congressman Tim Ryan (right) and officials from PARTA, the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.</p>
  • <p>Congressman Tim Ryan commends Kent State, the city of Kent and others for the hard work that enabled the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility to become a reality.</p>
  • <p>Congressman Tim Ryan talks to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.</p>
  • <p>Kathleen Chandler (center), former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Tom Euclide (left), Kent State's associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations, listen to remarks made during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility.<br />
</p>
  • <p>Gregg Floyd (center), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, shares a laugh with local officials during the groundbreaking.<br />
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  • <p>Gregg Floyd (left), Kent State vice president for Finance and Administration, talks with Anne Moneypenny, former Kent Area Chamber of Commerce president, and Jim Bowling, superintendent of engineering for the city of Kent.</p>

Ground Broken for Kent Central Gateway

Emily Vincent
Kent State University Vice President for Finance and Administration Gregg Floyd joined Congressman Tim Ryan and officials from PARTA (Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority), the city of Kent and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Facility. Despite the rain, a ceremony was held April 4 at the construction site on Depeyster Street in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The new multimodal transportation facility will combine elements of buses, pedestrians, bicycles and cars. It will serve as a transfer point that allows bus transport to Akron, Cleveland and all points in Portage County. Located at Erie and Depeyster streets with a curb cut into Haymaker Parkway, the Kent Central Gateway project is estimated to stimulate $60 million worth of new investment, both public and private, in Kent.

This past July, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Kent, touring Acorn Alley and the future site of the Kent Central Gateway project before a ceremonial grant agreement signing took place outside the PARTA offices. The Kent Central Gateway project received a $20 million grant from LaHood's agency through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The project serves as a catalyst for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Kent and reconnects the central business district with the Kent State campus. Both LaHood and Ryan have talked about the significance of the project that will help create a vibrant downtown and unite the city and Kent State, and they have acknowledged the three local project partners: Kent State, PARTA and the city of Kent.

"You've got a great project here," said the transportation secretary.

Back in February 2010 when the $20 million TIGER grant for the Kent Central Gateway was announced, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton said that this sets into motion all of the other development projects planned for downtown Kent, including the proposed hotel and conference center. He also commented that the Kent Central Gateway project is "a huge, transformative event in the life of Kent, the university and Portage County."