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

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Warren County will receive $271,000 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 Warren County Fiscal Court will renovate the Girls Incorporated facility and provide necessary equipment. Improvements include the construction of a 900-square foot (SF) storage shed, a new roof, gutter repair, framing and sheetrock on the gymnasium walls, hardware and trim repairs, asphalt paving and new building fixtures. In addition, furniture and new computer equipment will be purchased. Grant funds will also purchase a new 15-passenger van.

Senator Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) said “As nearly all of the organization’s resources are directed towards programming and services, the requested grant funds will provide the needed capital improvements to the current 18,000 square foot facility. I am extremely pleased that the Governor has chosen to fund this project.”

Representative Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green) said the facility renovation project will benefit the entire community. “We have more than 500 girls a year using the facility. In addition, the building is used by community service agencies for various events throughout the year.”

Representative Jim DeCesare (R-Bowling Green) said he was pleased that the CEGG program is helping local governments and agencies that serve the public. “This grant program is providing opportunities for communities to take on projects that are otherwise unaffordable. I’m excited that the Girls Incorporated organization is the beneficiary of these first-year CEGG grant funds.  This will benefit all the girls of Warren County.”

Representative Steve Nunn (R-Glasgow) echoed DeCesare’s comments. “I can’t think of another organization that is more deserving of grant assistance. The updates and repairs to the Girls Incorporated facility will benefit the entire community.”

Representative Rob Wilkey (D-Scottsville) commended local leaders for applying for the grant funds on behalf of Girls Incorporated. “It’s wonderful that county leaders put children first. I’m pleased that this project made it to the top of their wish list.”

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.