Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) visited Casey County today to present ceremonial checks for a grant and a budget line-item for the city of Liberty.


 “By funding these projects, we are putting vital taxpayer dollars back into the community,” said Governor Fletcher. “These improvements will help improve the quality of life in Casey County.”


Community Development Block Grant Funds


Governor Fletcher surprised community leaders with the announcement of an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Liberty.  Funds will be used for the purchase of two tube mills for lease to Chieftain Steel, LLC.


Sen. Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs) said, “Economic development is such a crucial aspect of this community.  I am excited to see this project announced, as it will mean more jobs for Casey County.”


Chieftain Steel, LLC will specialize in the manufacturing of rolled steel tubing. Chieftain Steel, LLC proposes to create 40 jobs ranging from unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and clerical.


Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.


Infrastructure for Economic Development Funds


A $2.2 million Infrastructure for Economic Development Fund (IEDF) line-item was presented to the city of Liberty for improvements to the water treatment plant and other system improvements.  Improvements include the expansion of the water treatment plant from 1.3 million gallons per day (MGD) to 2.1 MGD; construction of a 10-inch wide transmission main from the plant to the elevated tanks; and the modification of the water intake structure. 


This project is designed to reduce the operating costs of the existing plant, which must be operated 20 to 24 hours per day, providing improved service to 4,500 underserved households.  Total cost of the project is estimated at $3,950,000.


“Proper infrastructure is important to the well-being of Casey County citizens,” said Rep. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon).  “This waterline project will provide better service to area residents.”


HB 380 Community Development Line-Items


Governor Fletcher also presented a $50,000 Community Development Line-Item to the Casey County Fiscal Court.  Funds will be used to develop and operate a commercial printing business located in the Casey County Public Library.  Casey County High School students will operate the printing business.  Initial costs include equipment purchases, supplies and training.