Governor's Office for Local Development
Bath County Extension District Board Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that the Bath County Extension District Board will receive $225,725 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.”

Bath County Extension District Board and the Agricultural Extensions Foundation are developing the Bath County Agricultural Education and Marketing Center located at exit 123 on Interstate 64.

Senator R.J. Palmer, II (D-Winchester) said the purpose of the center is to provide an education and marketing facility for local and regional farmers as they search for alternatives to tobacco income. “When complete, the center will be a valuable tool for area farmers. The pavilion opened last spring and by the end of this year the Extension Office, the training center, kitchen and light processing areas are scheduled to open.”

The new center has five components:

·        The Bath County Extension Service Office

·        A covered market pavilion

·        A training center with meeting space for 150

·        A kitchen and light processing area, a retail center

·        A band shell

Representative Carolyn Belcher (D-Owingsville) said the CEGG funding will be used to finish the project. “The band shell and half of the paving will be completed. In addition, the facility will use funds to purchase equipment.  This will be a great tourism boost for Bath County.”

 A request has been made to the federal government to fund the retail center.

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.