Governor's Office for Local Development
Anderson County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Anderson County will receive $167,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

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.

“The Community Economic Growth Grant exemplifies what is possible when the Executive Branch and the Legislature work in a bi-partisan manner,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “The infusion of these funds will result in over $99 million in successful projects across the Commonwealth.”

            The Anderson County Fiscal Court will construct an aquatic center that contains over 12,000 square feet of water surface and will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 swimmers and water sliders.

Support buildings to be constructed include a filtration building and a combination bathhouse, control building and concession stand. The proposed project will be located on approximately five acres of county-owned property located off of US 127 in the Anderson County Community Park.

Senator Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort) said that currently, local swim teams must practice at facilities outside of the county to prepare for sports meets. “This facility would allow swim meets to be held in Anderson County which will spur economic activity in the community.”

   Representative Milward Dedman (R-Harrodsburg) said that with the closing of the county’s swimming pool almost three years ago, the community has been without an aquatic center for exercise and recreation. "The facility will provide a better quality of life for all in Anderson County as well as surrounding communities," said Dedman. "I know how hard local officials have worked on this project and this $167,000 is proof that the state recognizes how important it is to the people of Anderson County."

CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

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.