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Posted on: May 26, 2011

Six Kansas communities receive $2.1 million in CDBG funding

Six Kansas communities will share $2,100,354 in federal grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced today.

“This funding has a positive impact on our communities, from making needed infrastructure improvements to improving recreation areas to redeveloping main streets for business,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “I am pleased these communities will be helped with this latest round of funding.”

The CDBG program provides federal funds to local governments for the development and improvements by addressing their housing, public facilities and economic development needs. To be awarded funds, local government units must meet at least one of three program objectives: benefit to low and moderate-income individuals; prevent or eliminate slums and blight; or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.

CDBG funds are one of the Department’s primary tools in supporting the state’s small, predominately rural communities. The Department has distributed more than $241 million in CDBG funding in the last decade.

“The Department remains committed to the state’s small, rural communities,” George said. “We recognize the challenges these communities will face in the years ahead, and we are prepared to help our cities and towns meet those challenges.”

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division at (785) 296-3004, ruraldev@kansascommerce.com, TTY at 711 or visit KansasCommerce.com/RuralDevelopment.

The list of communities receiving funding follows:

City of Geneseo $496,000
The community will replace existing cast iron water lines with PVC lines. Other funds will match this project with $184,280.

City of Highland $400,000
The project will rehabilitate 10 blocks of streets along West Avenue (from Main Street to north of Missouri Street) and along Missouri Street (from West Avenue to Kansas Street). The city is providing $105,000 in matching funds.

City of Long Island $301,930
The project will partially replace the water distribution system. The city is issuing bonds for the local match of $130,000.

City of Oakley $332,142
The city will repair/reconstruct two areas of 2nd street. The city is providing $110,713 to this project.

City of Olsburg $382,182
The project improves the water distribution system, as well as a water well. Other funds are matching this grant with $382,181.

City of Pomona $188,100
The city will reconstruct a section of East D, East A and West C streets, as well as reconstruct the intersection of Franklin and West C streets. A total of two-and-a-half blocks will be reconstructed. The city is providing $62,699 in matching funds.

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