Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Important Development Project in Trigg County

Press Release Date:  Saturday, July 15, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Funding will improve infrastructure at Benson International

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Cadiz today to announce a $341,166 Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) for a Trigg County industrial development project.  The funding will be used to provide the needed infrastructure at the Benson International Manufacturing facility and throughout the Cadiz-Trigg County Industrial Park #3.

Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Important Development Project in Trigg County“This project will result in the direct creation of more than 250 jobs, bringing in new, private investment dollars to Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Benson International will now be able to realize their full potential in Cadiz, providing incredible opportunity for the people of Trigg County.”

Benson International, which manufactures aluminum flat bed trailers, began minimal production at the industrial park in January 2006.  The construction of their facility continues and will eventually include over 185,000 feet of space and house two production lines.  The CEGG grant will help fund needed infrastructure, including 4,200 feet of water line, 2,000 feet of sewer line, 3,000 feet of natural gas line and nearly 8,000 feet of electrical utilities.

Senator Ken Winters (R-Murray) commended the Cadiz-Trigg County Development Authority for working to secure the funding.  “It is important that we continue to recognize opportunities for economic expansion and provide support that encourages future growth,” said Senator Winters.

The project will also benefit the future development of the remaining 70+ acres Industrial Park #3.  The park is currently not fully served with water, sewer, gas and electric.

“The addition of these services will make the park more marketable to potential development,” said Representative James Carr (R-Hopkinsville).  “This project will go a long way toward attracting significant industry to Trigg County.”

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) through the Office of State Grants. 

Cadiz Housing Rehabilitation Project

While in Cadiz, Governor Fletcher presented an additional ceremonial check for $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the city of Cadiz.  The grant will be used for the Cadiz Housing Rehabilitation Project. 

The homeowner rehabilitation program will assist twelve households throughout the city.  The project will rehabilitate low to moderate income owner-occupied structures with new replacement homes on existing lots.  Additionally, some homes will be connected to the community sewer system rather than relying on faulty septic systems. 

“The city of Cadiz has a very successful track record of addressing housing needs,” said Representative Melvin Henley (R-Murray).  “This funding will continue this valuable assistance by providing adequate living arrangements for those most in need.”

Households with elderly or handicapped individuals are given priority.  All families will be provided with five-year “forgivable” deferred loans.

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make funds available through GOLD to provide assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. 


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