Governor's Office for Local Development
City of Smiths Grove 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 the city of Smiths Grove will receive $13,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant program, also known as 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 city of Smiths Grove will construct the Charles W. Morehead Memorial Park on the grounds of City Hall. Three flag poles will be located in the center of the park surrounded by bricks pavers that will be purchased by citizens with their names engraved on them. The park will also contain concrete paths that will divide the park into four sections. The paths will connect with the city’s sidewalks.

Senator Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) said, “This project has so much support from the community.  I am excited that the city of Smiths Grove was chosen to be a recipient of the CEGG grant.”

Representative Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green) said, “This will revitalize the area and create a beautiful, scenic space for all Smiths Grove residents to enjoy.”

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.