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Rep. Clyde Announces Over $635,000 for Local Public & Private Projects

State Funds Awarded to KSU Liquid Crystal Institute & Davey Resource Group

James Crosby | 8/20/2013, 3:06 p.m.

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has released over $635,000 to Kent State and Davey Resource Group in Kent.

$459,000 was awarded to Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute to purchase equipment that will allow the university to expand into biomedical liquid crystal research. In 2013, Kent State announced the creation of a new bioengineering research program that will collaborate with the Liquid Crystal Institute and will speed the development of biomedical applications for liquid crystals and other advanced materials.

"The Liquid Crystal Institute’s expansion into bioengineering demonstrates Kent State’s leadership among Ohio’s research universities and ensures further economic development for Ohio in the growing biomedical field,” Rep. Clyde said.

Additionally, $176,710 was awarded to the Davey Resource Group in Kent to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) current roadside vegetation practices and provide recommendations to improve safety, cost effectiveness, environmental compliance, and efficiency. Roadside vegetation management contributes to driver safety, controls erosion, and provides a more aesthetically appealing roadside. Davey Resource Group, established in 1992, is The Davey Tree Expert Company’s natural resources and utility consulting division.

“Davey’s collaboration with ODOT will make an important impact on the safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability of roadways throughout the entire state of Ohio,” Rep. Clyde said. “They should be commended for their innovation and important collaboration with our state.”