Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 17, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Andi Johnson
Public Information Officer

 First Lady Glenna Fletcher joined Senate President David L. Williams today at the Clinton County Industrial Park to present local officials with $4 million in funds for the Clinton County Wellness Center.


The First Lady announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Albany and Clinton County for costs associated with constructing a 20,000 square foot facility.  Senator Williams also presented local officials with a ceremonial check representing $3 million in state funds for the project.


 “The rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles among children and adults nationally and in the commonwealth is a growing concern,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “The funding for the new wellness center will provide the citizens in this community with the opportunity and resources they need to lead healthier lifestyles.”


Promotion of wellness, especially increased physical activity, a healthy diet and avoidance of tobacco products, are the cornerstones of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s statewide health initiative, Get Healthy Kentucky. The program is designed to educate and inspire residents of the commonwealth to lead a healthy life by using partnerships and targeted initiatives, like the Clinton County Wellness Center.


The new wellness center, to be located in the industrial park, is expected to include a lobby area, cardio and aerobic facilities, indoor swimming pool, daycare, weight room, racquetball court, gymnasium, walking track and staff office space.


In addition, the funding package for the project includes a $150,000 Community Economic Growth Grant and $200,000 in funds from local sources. The Clinton County Industrial Development Authority also donated approximately 15 acres of property for the construction of the facility.


“The wellness center project demonstrates how local and state officials are working together to address health issues and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Clinton County and surrounding counties,” said Senate President David L. Williams.


The city and county plan to lease the building to the Twin Lakes Y, Inc., a non-profit organization, to handle the day to day operations at the facility.


Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally and within the commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the state agency responsible for administering the CDBG Small Cities program.


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