Governor's Office for Local Development
Clark 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 the Clark County will receive $250,000 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 Clark County Fiscal Court will purchase a new fire truck and repair existing fire trucks.      

Senator R.J. Palmer, II (D-Winchester) said fire protection is not an option. “As Clark County continues to grow, it is in need of modern firefighting equipment that will meet the needs of the growing population. These grant dollars could potentially save lives.”

Representative Don Pasley (D-Winchester) said the grant dollars could help economic development recruitment efforts. “Rarely does a new industrial prospect fail to request information on emergency services. With these grant funds, county officials will be in a position to tell possible new industries that the community has improved fire protection.”

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.