Governor's Office for Local Development
Whitley County Awarded CEGG Grant

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

         Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced that Whitley County Fiscal Court will receive $100,000 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 Whitley County Fiscal Court is requesting funds to begin the first phase of this courthouse renovation project which consist of exterior renovations. Areas of concern include: the deteriorating entry to the Whitley County Courthouse, exterior doors and windows, lighting, exterior wall repair, decayed exterior trim, handicap accessibility and leaking gutters and downspouts. The Courthouse has undergone several renovation projects over the years with the last major renovation completed sixteen years ago.

Senate President David L. Williams (R-Burkesville) expressed how much this courthouse is a vital component of the community, "Whitley Countians deserve a courthouse that can adequately serve them.  The work funded by the grant will lay the groundwork for a courthouse we can be proud of and can show off to future generations.”

Representative Charles Siler (R-Williamsburg) said, “Future phased work will consist of interior renovations.  I am pleased Governor Fletcher recognized the dilapidation of the Whitley County Courthouse as it provides employment to sixty people, being one of the largest places for work in Williamsburg.”

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.