Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Delivers Funding to the Kentucky River Area Development District to Support Local Emergency Response Efforts

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

$720,467 provided to support regional public safety projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – During a visit to the 38th Annual Celebration of the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) today, Governor Ernie Fletcher presented a ceremonial homeland security check in the amount of $720,467 to KRADD executive director Paul Hall and local officials from across an eight-county region. The award provides funding for four public safety projects in the area.

“Ensuring the safety and security of Kentuckians is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is essential that our emergency response personnel have the tools needed to communicate effectively and that our communities have access to top notch 9-1-1 abilities. These projects are working to make that a reality in southeast Kentucky.”

The regional projects announced today will provide $322,875 to upgrade the 9-1-1 computer aided dispatch system, $241,902 for emergency response communications towers, $105,165 to advance a 9-1-1 dispatch mapping project and $50,525 for communications “repeater systems.” 

This year, more than 69 percent of all discretionary homeland security funding received by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been invested in support of enhanced communications capabilities for Kentucky’s first responders and 9-1-1 upgrades.