The project in downtown Columbus is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs and contribute to economic development efforts that are under way in the area around Nationwide Children's Hospital, the White House said.
Obama's appearance in Columbus marks the beginning of a summer-long White House effort to highlight the variety of projects that are funded through the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the White House said.
When Obama returns to Washington in the afternoon, he is scheduled to meet with his senior advisers.
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