Governor's Office for Local Development
Lincoln County 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 Lincoln County will receive $155,000 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 Lincoln County Fiscal Court will use the funds to construct the Lincoln County First Southern Veterans Park, a state-of-the-art recreational complex to be dedicated to the veterans of Lincoln County. 

Located on approximately 90 acres of land owned by the Lincoln County Fiscal Court, the complex will include a Veterans’ Memorial and parade grounds, walking trails, Little League ball fields, youth soccer fields, baseball and softball complexes, picnic areas, concession stands and bathroom facilities.

Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond) said that CEGG funds will be specifically used to construct a Veterans’ Memorial and Visitor Information/Convention Center on the park site.  “This project creates 10 permanent jobs and benefits the public by providing recreation and space for community celebrations. I commend the Governor for recognizing the importance of such a park for the citizens of Lincoln County.

Representative Danny Ford (R-Mt. Vernon) said the new park will provide a place where families can get together. “This park means a great deal to the Lincoln County community; it will be a nice place for community events and family gatherings.”

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.