Governor's Office for Local Development
Simpsonville 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 that the city of Simpsonville will receive $25,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) program.

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 Simpsonville requested funds to renovate an existing 5,400 square foot (SF) facility and expand the facility 1,400 SF for use as a new city hall and senior citizen center. The new city hall will house administrative offices, the police department, parks and recreation, public works and create meeting space for the public to use.

It is estimated that the project will create five to eight new jobs through an increase of personnel that will be needed at the new city hall and through the expansion of the school that will locate in the previous city hall facility.

 Senator Gary Tapp (R-Waddy) said, “The current facility is inadequate to meet the needs of the public.  This funding will ensure that the citizens of Simpsonville receive the best service possible.”

            Representative Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said, “The new city hall will house space for the public and city government, I congratulate the community and commended Governor Fletcher for awarding this CEGG grant to Simpsonville.”

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.