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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2008

Governor Blagojevich Announces $11 million in Community Development Assistance Grants
Grants address local health and safety issues, strengthen local economies

CHICAGO – Thirty-four Illinois communities will receive Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) public infrastructure grants to make necessary improvements to local water and sewer systems, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today. In total, approximately $11 million will be provided to local communities to address threats to public health and safety.  This assistance is part of the Governor's Opportunity Returns comprehensive economic development strategy to improve the health and quality of life of working families by improving local infrastructure, which in turn will help to strengthen the Illinois economy.
 
“Without these grants many communities would not have the resources to begin the process of improving the quality of their drinking water or resolving unsanitary sewer problems,” said Governor Blagojevich.  “I am pleased that we are able to assist communities in addressing these issues and improve the quality of life for their residents.”
 
The grant funds, made available through the CDAP program, are designed to help finance economic development, public infrastructure, housing rehabilitation and other key community projects.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the CDAP program on behalf of communities with populations of 50,000 or less.  The money is available to assist Illinois communities meet their greatest economic and community development needs.
 
“Infrastructure improvements are not only necessary to address health and safety issues for the people of Illinois but they are also necessary to improve the economic development potential of these communities,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin. “By providing grants to assist with water and sewer infrastructure, we’re helping to strengthen local economies when they need it most.”
 
The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Applications are reviewed through a competitive-bid process that assesses a variety of key factors in approving projects.   All projects must address a current threat to health and safety of the residents and benefit low to moderate income households.
 
A list of grant recipients follows:
County
Project Description
Grant Amount
Alexander County
New sewer system
$350,000
Altona
Drill well/renovate pump house
$350,000
Ashton
Sanitary sewer trunk line
$350,000
Biggsville
Construct new water trans. line
$350,000
Bradford
Water line replacement
$185,186
Bunker Hill Township
Rural water extension project
$350,000
Bureau Junction
New well house
$325,368
Christopher
Sewer improvement project
$350,000
Crooked Creek
Rural water extension
$350,000
Dieterich
Repair and replace sewer lines
$350,000
East Moline
New sanitary water system
$350,000
Eldorado
Replace water distribution lines
$350,000
Fayette County
Water system improvements
$350,000
Gladstone
Water supply system
$350,000
Golconda
Replace water lines to increase pressure
$143,747
Grayville
Replace cast iron water lines
$74,861
Harrisburg Township
Water system improvements to liberty water district
$330,381
Holland Township
Rural water extension
$350,000
Jasper County
Rural water extension
$350,000
Johnston City
Replace deteriorated sewer lines
$350,000
LaMoille
Water distribution system imp.
$324,000
McLeansboro
Waterline replacement
$332,152
McNabb
Construct waste water treatment plant
$350,000
Liberty Township
Rural water extension
$350,000
Olney
Replace  sanitary sewer pump station
$350,000
Pixley Township
Rural water extension
$350,000
Prairie Township
Rural water extension
$350,000
Ridge Farm
New water tower
$350,000
Rossville
New water treatment plant and other system improvements
$350,000
Sigel Township
Rural water extension
$350,000
Sparland
Sewer improvement project
$257,644
Tennessee
Construct sewer system
$350,000
Wyoming
Water system improvements
$350,000
Winnebago
Repair wastewater collection system
$350,000
 
Total:
$11,073,339
 
Governor Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns regional economic development strategy is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to creating jobs in Illinois’ history.  Since a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development doesn’t work, the Governor has divided the state into 10 regions – each with a regional team that is empowered and expected to rapidly respond to opportunities and challenges.  Opportunity Returns is about tangible, specific actions to make each region more accessible, more marketable, more entrepreneurial and more attractive to businesses.  The programs also helps upgrade the skills of the local workforce, increase the access to capital, open new markets, improve infrastructure, and create and retain jobs.  Opportunity Returns works to successfully partner with companies and communities, both large and small, to help all of Illinois reach its economic potential.


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