Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher brings funding for Boys and Girls Club

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Simpson County Receives Grant to Construct the Facility

Frankfort, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $425,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Simpson County.  The money will be used to construct the Franklin-Simpson Boys and Girls Club.

“When you invest time, money and energy for young people, you are investing in the future of this great commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher said.  “The Franklin-Simpson Boys and Girls Club will provide great opportunities for Simpson County youths by giving them the chance to grow and learn.”

CDBG funds will be used to acquire and clear three dilapidated structures in downtown Franklin in order to construct the facility.  The Boys and Girls Club will provide a great benefit to the community as a safe place for youth recreation and education that does not currently exist in Simpson County.

“By ridding the community of buildings that are in a severe state of disrepair and replacing them with a building that represents hope and opportunity, the community of Simpson County is receiving a two-fold gift,” Senator Richie Sanders, Jr. stated.  "I applaud Simpson County officials for their efforts on what is sure to be a tremendous opportunity for local residents.”

Representative Rob Wilkey said, “This will be a great addition for Simpson County.  Having facilities like the Boys and Girls Club will improve the quality of life in the area while providing fun and exciting activities for area youth.”

Governor Fletcher presented the funding to Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson on Thursday, October 13, at the corner of East Cedar and Court Streets, the site where the Franklin-Simpson Boys and Girls Club will be located.

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.