Governor's Office for Local Development
Clinton County Awarded CEGG Grant

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 Clinton County Fiscal Court 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 Clinton County Fiscal Court, in partnership with the city of Albany, is requesting funds for the construction of a 9,000 square foot (SF) community fitness center to include: lobby area, offices, cardio room, daycare and restrooms. This is Phase I of a multiple phase project. This project would fill an unmet need in the community.

Future construction phases would include the construction of an indoor regulation pool, aerobic area, weight room, community room, racquetball court, gymnasium and walking track. The facility would also be available for the school system for events, athletic training and development of a swim team.

Senate President David L. Williams (R-Burkesville) stated, “This facility will greatly enhance the quality of life for the residents of this area.  Not only will Clinton County residents enjoy the benefits but businesses looking to locate here will find this recreational center to be an attractive amenity for the area.”

            Representative Jeffery Hoover (R-Jamestown) said, “With the rising cost of health care, fitness is becoming a viable amenity for any community.  I commend the Fletcher Administration for recognizing the importance of this facility for Clinton County residents.”

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.