Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces $870,000 Funding for Paintsville and Johnson County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Money For Street, Road Improvement & Quality of Life Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced today that $810,000 in KYTC bond funds have been awarded to Paintsville and Johnson County.  Chief of Staff Stan Cave represented the Governor and presented ceremonial checks to local officials during an event at the Country Music Museum in Paintsville this afternoon. 

“These projects represent the administration’s commitment to making Kentucky a commonwealth of healthy people and strong communities,” said Chief of Staff Cave. “On behalf of Governor Fletcher, I congratulate the agencies and people who put these projects on the table and who will ensure that they achieve the desired results.”

The bond funds will be used in the following manner:

  • Johnson County--$600,000 for resurfacing of various county roads
  • City of Paintsville--$210,000 for the resurfacing of various city streets

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert added “I want to commend Governor Fletcher for his leadership.  The improvements we make to our local transportation system make lives better for everyone in the community.”

In the past two years local governments have received more additional state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the commonwealth.

Also while in Johnson County, Chief of Staff Cave announced that a $10,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the city of Paintsville has been approved.  The funding will be used to help implement a tourism plan for the community.

The tourism plan will identify existing tourism destinations, indicate new tourism projects and provide ways to enhance the existing economies.  Extensive mapping, marketing opportunities, funding options and community photos will also be included in the plan.

Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair. As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

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 the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).

Microenterprise Assistance Project

Governor Fletcher also announced that a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been approved for funding.  The money will be used to assist in the development of a local microenterprise training program.

The program will be possible through a partnership with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) and the Big Sandy Area Development District.  MACED is a 30-year old non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in eastern Kentucky and Appalachia. 

The microenterprise program will allow MACED to target small businesses and low-moderate income business owners that in many cases do not have access to loans and the technical assistance needed to operate or start up a successful enterprise.

MACED will offer different levels of business financing to program participants with loan amounts up to $35,000.

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.