From the office of Givernor Andy Beshear -
Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,356,381 in grant funding for four infrastructure projects that will improve utility services in Eastern Kentucky communities.
The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Floyd County, Harlan County, Johnson County, Paintsville and Salyersville.
Gov. Andy Beshear said: “Improving public health and increasing opportunities across Eastern Kentucky is a top priority for my administration,” Beshear said. “These projects will provide better utility infrastructure, which will help to spur economic growth, and they also show that even as we battle COVID-19 and fight to protect the lives of Kentuckians, we remain committed to the people and communities of Eastern Kentucky.”
“Every Kentuckian, no matter where they live, should have reliable infrastructure,” said DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene. “These projects, along with other actions by Gov. Beshear and this administration, will ensure all of Eastern Kentucky has reliable water and wastewater systems and the infrastructure necessary for greater economic development.”
Among those counties getting funding, the Harlan County Fiscal Court will use $153,846 from RDAAP funds for the Business Park Natural Gas Infrastructure Project. They will use the funds to develop a natural gas utility system in the Tri-Cities area of the county in the Harlan County Business Park.
“The Regional Development Agency Assistance Program funds provide Harlan County the opportunity to further invest in our infrastructure at our certified build ready site to create jobs,” said Harlan County Judge/Executive Dan Mosley. “As part of our demonstrated commitment to diversify our economy, we’ve already invested more than $1 million of general funds and coal severance funding to develop this site that is part of a 150-acre tract of county-owned property, and home of Eastern Kentucky’s first virtual spec building.
“We will be utilizing our RDAAP funding to go toward a project that will expand natural gas to our build ready site to make it even more competitive to create jobs. Three companies have already visited this site and all have said natural gas availability was a necessary utility for their operations. The RDAAP funds provided will make this even closer to becoming a reality. Harlan County appreciates Gov. Beshear’s support of this project.”