Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards City of Hardinsburg with 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 city of Hardinsburg will receive $100,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program, also known as CEGG.

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 City of Hardinsburg will use CEGG funds to assist in financing an ambitious water project that consists of four components:

  • Construction of a 2.0 million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment plant using reverse osmosis technology – the first in the state.
  • Installation of approximately 23 miles of large diameter transmission mains
  • Construction of two water storage tanks
  • Installation of telemetry on all system facilities (storage tanks, pumps and treatment plant).

The total project cost is over $14 million.

The City of Hardinsburg is a regional water supplier in Breckinridge County, serving residents and businesses within the city, throughout a large portion of the county and sells water to the City of Irvington. The new treatment plant and groundwater source are needed to provide a safer source of water to its customers. Currently, the city relies on water from the Rough River Reservoir. This source has been a chronic problem both in terms of quality and quantity.

Senator Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield) praised the CEGG program as a source of additional project funding. “Communities across Kentucky now have another competitive grant program that works toward putting together a financing package to cover the cost of major projects. I’m pleased that Hardinsburg has taken advantage of this new fund and congratulate city leaders on the accomplishment.”

Representative Dwight Butler (R-Harned) said, “I’m excited that this project has been funded. Infrastructure systems are vital if communities are to grow, recruit and maintain industry.”

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.