Friday, October 3, 2008

Governor Perdue announces Appalachian Regional Commission Grants

Governor Sonny Perdue today announced 17 grant awards from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). These grants are awarded to cities, counties and community groups in the Appalachian Region who have met the community improvement requirements set by the ARC.

“This 13-state ARC partnership helps communities in our state compete at the national and global level,” said Governor Perdue. “This program creates new opportunities for Georgia residents by improving the quality of life in the northeastern region of our state.”

The Commission is a partnership of the governors of the 13 Appalachian States and a presidential appointee representing the federal government. The program encourages grassroots participation. Potential applicants are encouraged to work through the six Regional Development Centers in north Georgia to develop projects.

The communities being honored include: Chatsworth, Clayton-Rabun County, Dalton, Tallapoosa, Elbert County, Floyd County, Gainesville, Hart County, Helen, Hiawassee, Jackson County, Jefferson, Lavonia, Sautee-Nachoochee and Walker County.

There are four goal areas that potential projects should relate to including increased job opportunities and per capita income in the Appalachian region, strengthen the region’s capacity to compete in the global economy, develop and improve infrastructure to make the region economically competitive and build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia's isolation.

Potential projects must be consistent with the priorities identified in the Governor's annual Strategy Statement. Projects should contribute to an economic development strategy.

The program provides matching grants to the 37-county Appalachian region of Georgia. The matching requirements vary from each county depending upon its economic status. Final approval on all projects comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C.
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A list of the grants is below:

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Grants

City of Chatsworth
$300,000 for Water System Improvement project

$20,000 for a community facility improvement project

Clayton-Rabun County
$300,000 for a waste water system project

$248,500 for the City of Tallapoosa Sewer System Improvement project to serve the World Children’s Center

Elbert County
$25,000 for an Elbert County-Lake Russell Tourism Feasibility Study

Floyd County
$300,000 for the Floyd County Airport North Terminal Expansion project in Rome

$45,900 for a project to assist the City of Gainesville in installing energy efficient LED traffic signals at key intersections in Gainesville

Georgia Mountain Fair Inc.
$94,600 for a utility system improvement project at the Georgia Mountain Fair

Hart County
$17,000 for a Lake Hartwell Economic Impact Analysis in a multicounty project

$300,000 for a water system improvement project in Helen

$300,000 for a sewer system improvement project in Hiawassee

Jackson County
$149,725 for an Industrial Systems Technology Training Lab project in partnership with Lanier Technical College in Jackson County

$500,000 for a project to construct a local access road for the City of Jefferson’s McClure Industrial Park - Thomas Parkway project

Lanier Technical College
$55,000 for a Solar Energy Installation Education project associated with Lanier Technical College

$33,921 for a historic depot improvement project in Lavonia

$300,000 for a water system improvement project in north Walker County

$58,600 for the Promotores de Salud: A Community Based Health Improvement Initiative
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