Governor's Office for Local Development
Marion County Awarded CEGG Funding

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

         Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Marion County Fiscal Court will receive $204,013 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 county will build a new community center in the St. Joe area to meet the needs of Marion County and surrounding counties.  The 6,000 square foot (SF) building will be handicap accessible and include all electric utilities, a kitchen and two restrooms. This facility will eliminate uncontrollable maintenance costs of the existing building.

Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield) said, “One of my goals is to ensure the development of small communities along with county seats.  This project will be important to the overall development of Marion County.”

Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) said, “Excluding labor cost and generous donations from St. Joe, CEGG will start and finish this project.  The facility is vital for education and economic purposes in the regional areas of Marion, Larue, Nelson and Washington counties.”

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.