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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010

State Economic Development Director Announces Over $12.6 Million for Local Infrastructure Projects
Community Development Assistance Grants Will Support Needed Improvements in Illinois' Smaller Communities

STAUNTON – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley visited Staunton today to announce that 40 communities throughout the state have been awarded competitive Public Infrastructure grants totaling over $12 million through the federally-funded Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).

“Many of Illinois’ smaller communities have been hardest hit by the economic recession, but funding through the state’s CDAP program allows us to build up the infrastructure of our smaller and rural communities,” said DCEO Director Warren Ribley.  “These improvements create jobs and set the stage for future economic development.”

Infrastructure projects being funded in this round include construction on water and sewer lines.  The City of Staunton in Macoupin County is receiving $350,000 to upgrade its sewer drainage system to alleviate recurring flooding along the main road into town from I-55.

“This grant will enable Staunton to pursue a permanent solution to a long-existing problem,” said Mayor John Willmon. “On behalf of the residents of Staunton, I want to say how very appreciative we are to DCEO. This is a culmination of an awful lot of work for a lot of people.”

“I know that flooding has been a problem for motorists entering Staunton from I-55”, said State Senator Deanna Demuzio (D-Carlinville).  “This CDAP funding will not only help alleviate flooding and make travel safer for local motorists, but it will also create jobs at the same time. I am very pleased to join Director Ribley today to announce the release of these funds for the City of Staunton.”
      
Illinois will receive approximately $35 million total in federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant Program (known in Illinois as CDAP). Larger urban areas known as "entitlement communities" receive funding directly from the federal government to support similar development needs, while DCEO's Office of Community Development administers funding to the smaller "non-entitlement communities."  CDAP serves communities with populations under 50,000 that are not located within a US Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-designated entitlement community, or one of the eight designated entitlement urban counties.  

DCEO will award additional funding in the coming months to support a variety of projects under the CDAP-Flex program, to support emergency infrastructure under CDAP- emergency set aside (as needed), and to support mobility and accessibility upgrades under the CDAP-MARS program.

The list of Illinois communities receiving 2010 CDAP-Public Infrastructure funding follows:

 
GRANTEE NAME
GRANT AWARD
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
1
Bondville
$350,000
Sewer hookups
2
Bourbonnais
$338,000
Sewer repairs
3
Bradford
$213,185
Replacement of water main
4
Bushnell
$350,000
Sewer repairs
5
Cass County
$350,000
Beardstown Sanitary dist. sewer line replacement
6
Chandlerville
$350,000
New water mains
7
Cisco
$265,375
Construct a new water tower
8
Clifton
$350,000
Hook up to sanitary sewer system
9
DePue
$350,000
Sewer plant and target area line repairs
10
DuQuoin
$225,000
Line sewer mains
11
Durand
$189,121
Replace water main on Washington street
12
Elizabeth
$350,000
Replace water mains and meters
13
Farmer City
$350,000
Separate storm and sewer systems
14
Fithian
$350,000
Separate storm and sewer systems
15
Forreston
$350,000
Lining of sewer mains
16
Franklin
$350,000
SMG Water Corp. extend water main to Franklin
17
Grayville
$120,335
Reconstruct sewer lift station
18
Griggsville
$350,000
Sewer lining (water well)
19
Herrick
$150,000
Replace water mains and back up water supply
20
Joy
$339,000
Sewer main rehabilitation
21
Ladd
$288,750
Water main replacement in target area
22
LaFayette
$252,692
Rehab elevated water storage
23
LaSalle
$350,000
Sewer main replacement and storm sewer installation
24
Manito
$350,000
Construct new water tank and demo old one
15
Milledgeville
$340,500
Water main replacement
26
Morgan County
$350,000
Smog Water Corp to extent service to 140 households
27
Nebo
$225,000
Construct sanitary lift station
28
North Johnson Township
$350,000
Clark Edgar Rural Water District extension
29
Ottawa
$350,000
Water main replacement
30
Parker Township
$350,000
Clark Edger Rural Water District extension
31
Prophetstown
$350,000
Sewer main lining and lift station repairs
32
Redmon
$350,000
Clark Edgar Rural Water District extension
33
Rochelle
$350,000
Sewer main lining in target area
34
Savanna
$350,000
Sewer main lining in target area
35
Scott County
$350,000
Scott County water line extension
36
Staunton
$350,000
Alleviate flooding drainage
37
Trenton
$350,000
Install new storm sewers
38
Waterman
$350,000
Storm sewer construction
39
Watson
$301,400
Replace water lines
40
Westfield
$350,000
Clark Edgar Rural Water District extension
 
 GRAND TOTAL
12,698,358

 

DCEO is the state's lead economic development agency responsible for creating jobs and building economic prosperity. For more information, visit DCEO's website at www.ildceo.net.



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