Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for natural gas extension

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the Lake Cumberland Natural Gas Authority.

            ARC funds will be used for the construction of gas lines.
            “This infrastructure project will boost the local economy in
Russell County by providing gas service to the French Valley Industrial Park, 20 small businesses and 150 households,” said Governor Fletcher. “The gas line extension will make Russell County better equipped to recruit additional job-creating industries to the community.”

            Senator Vernie McGaha (R-Russell Springs) said the ARC funds will enable the community to complete phase four of an ambitious infrastructure project. “Russell County did not have natural gas service before this project began. It is essential to the economic development of the community.”


Representative Jeff Hoover (R-Jamestown) said that he applauds the governor for recommending this project to ARC in Washington for funding. “I appreciate the governor’s support of my home district and his understanding of the vitality of infrastructure development in this state.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.