Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces ARC funding for Jackson County

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 14, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Phase V Waterline Extension Project Receives $750,000 in Funding

FRANKFORT, KY. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced two Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for Jackson County.  Funds will be used for Phase V of the Jackson County Waterline Extension Project.  Governor Fletcher visited Jackson County today to present the checks. 

“My administration is working with local governments to ensure that all citizens within the Commonwealth of Kentucky have access to safe, reliable drinking water,” Governor Fletcher said. “The ARC funding provided to Jackson County will make available a fundamental necessity to many households.” 

An ARC grant in the amount of $500,000 was awarded in order to extend water service to 104 households in scattered sites around rural Jackson County.  Additionally, funds will be used to construct a new 100,000 gallon water storage tank in order to improve water distribution for existing customers.  

Senator Tom Jenson noted, “I believe that this project will enhance the quality of life for many Jackson County residents by meeting one of their most basic needs:  clean water.  I commend the hard work by state and local officials to coordinate funding efforts to make this project a reality.” 

An additional $250,000 ARC grant was provided in order to extend safe, potable water service to approximately 60 new customers in rural areas of Jackson County.

“Clean, reliable drinking water is not a concern for so many of us because we have become so accustomed to having it,” said Representative Marie Rader. “Now, over 100 homes in Jackson County will have the same amenities that so many of us already enjoy.”

ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.