Governor's Office for Local Development
Elliott County Board of Education Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that the Elliott County Board of Education will receive $283,990 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 Elliott County Board of Education will construct a county park adjacent to the Elliott County Schools Natatorium and both Sandy Hook Elementary and Elliott County Middle School, which joins Elliott County High School. The property is also adjacent to the public library.

Senator Walter Blevins (D-Sandy Hook) said the new park will be very popular.  “With a multi-purpose recreation area that can be used for track and field, soccer, volleyball and many more activities, I expect the park to be in use on a daily basis. Its location makes it a very valuable project to the entire community.”

The park also will include a 1,280-foot walking trail, basketball courts, workout stations, three playgrounds, gazebo, two shelters with picnic tables, restrooms, and landscaping consisting of native Kentucky wildflowers and a butterfly garden.

Representative Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook) said the project will serve as a recreational and physical activity area for approximately 750 students in grades K through 12.  “The park will provide recreation and economic growth for the community as a whole. In addition, it will serve as a focal point for public gatherings. I cannot stress enough that this project is the direct result of a community coming together and working hard toward a common goal.”

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.