Governor's Office for Local Development
Breathitt County 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 Breathitt County will receive $150,000 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 Breathitt County Fiscal Court is requesting funds to assist with renovating and converting the old Breathitt County jail into a welcome center and museum. The old jail, located at the corner of Brown Street and College Avenue in Jackson, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior cells and existing walls will be cleaned out and removed. Additional improvements include the installation of a new roof, ceiling, windows, doors, heating and cooling and wood floors as well as exterior cleaning, painting and landscaping.
         Senator Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift) said saving the old jail accomplishes two things. “First, Breathitt County will save a historic structure. Second, the converted structure will benefit the community economically. Visitors will have a place to discover the sites of Breathitt County and the surrounding area.”

Representative Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson) said the community is working hard to ensure the project is successful. “Local officials in Breathitt County, along with the leaders of Breathitt County Museum, Inc., are in full support of this project. I’m sure that the museum and welcome center will bring additional tourist dollars to local businesses and be an excellent starting point for travelers.”

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.