Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Casey County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Frankfort, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced Casey County will receive $125,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program. 

Casey County Awarded CEGG FundingThe Casey County Fiscal Court requested funds to purchase and construct two open-sided buildings in the Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center, located on a 160-acre tract located in Liberty. Building 1 will be 33,000 square feet to be used as a preparation area for show animals. Building 2 will be 100,000 square feet to be used as an indoor arena. Lighting, bleachers and the appurtenances will be purchased. 

“The Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center will be a big tourism and economic development boost to the region,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “Casey County businesses will reap the benefits of this project.”

“When complete, the center will be a tourism attraction, offering livestock shows, farm equipment expositions, farmers’ market and vendor shows,” said Senator Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs). “I am pleased that the administration awarded this funding.”

"I look forward to seeing how the Central Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center will benefit Casey County's economic development and tourism efforts,” said Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon).  “This center will support the local economy as well as the local farmers by offering them a place to sell their goods."

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office.   The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the commonwealth. The fund, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium. 

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.