Governor's Office for Local Development
Hart 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 Hart County will receive $140,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program (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 Hart County Fiscal Court will use the funds to complete construction of a 1,462 square foot (SF) Emergency Services Communications Center to house the dispatch offices, the coroner’s office and an emergency operations office. This new center will coordinate the community’s first response to emergency and disaster situations.

            Senator Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield) said the emergency services dispatch is done in the old courthouse and lacks adequate space and facilities. Hart County will provide the land for the facility, which will be located adjacent to the ambulance service building, allowing them to share emergency back-up and system resources, thus reducing duplication. This set up will adequately facilitate and better coordinate first responder activities, which is more important today than ever.”                                   

Representative Terry Shelton (R-Magnolia) praised Governor Fletcher for approving the grant allocation. “This project is important to the safety and well-being of Hart Countians.  It will improve the response time for emergencies, saving critical time which may mean saving lives.  I applaud the Governor and GOLD for making this project a priority.”

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.