(Georgia) Sen. Jon Ossoff visited Atlanta for a three-day trip in Georgia. He advocated for federal funding for the Atlanta BeltLine Trail and historically black colleges. Clark Atlanta University will receive about $16.4 million in federal funding under the American Rescue Plan of President Biden. Some of the funds will be used to upgrade the STEM programs at the university. While visiting the Spelman College campus, President Mary Schmidt Campbell said $2.5 million in federal appropriations will transform the university's digital infrastructure. A new academic building at the Morehouse School of Medicine and upgrades to the school's cybersecurity are among the other schools slated for upgrades within the Atlanta University Center. In addition to providing emergency financial aid for students facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, some of the funding will be allocated to student assistance.
He toured Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele to advocate a free transportation program worth $400,000, and Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale to announce an area dedicated to mental health assessment and treatment next to the hospital's emergency department which has been funded by a $1.1 million grant.
The senator met with soldiers and military leaders on Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield in support of a $105 million project to construct new barracks.
As part of the BeltLine Southside Trail development, Ossoff obtained $5 million in federal funding. The 22-mile loop trail is one of the most massive and extensive urban redevelopment projects in the United States. Projects already underway and those in the pipeline will benefit from the funding. Sen. Ossoff and Sen. Rev. Warnock secured $16.4 million last November to accelerate the construction of the Southside Trail, which runs from Pittsburgh Yards to Boulevard Crossing Park.
A total of $16.4 million will go to Clark Atlanta University, $7.8 million to Morehouse College, $358,000 to Morehouse School of Medicine, and $7.4 million to Spelman College. Working with Sen. Rev. (Raphael) Warnock, the two have secured more than $250 million in supplemental funding for Georgia's HBCUs since taking office.