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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES $21.5M FOR COMMUNITIES
Gov.Bill Ritterand Department of Local Affairs Executive Director Susan Kirkpatrick today announced $21.5 million in grants to 35 cities and towns for construction, infrastructure and other community projects that will help create jobs and strengthen local economies.
"Communities all acrossColoradoare struggling to cope with this global economic crisis," Gov. Ritter said. "These grants will allow communities to make key investments in projects that will put people to work and strengthen local economies in the short-term, while making communities more livable and economically healthy in the long-term."
Funding for the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grants are derived from severance tax and federal mineral lease revenues. The Department of Local Affairs received 44 applications seeking $54 million in grant funding, an unprecedented level of competition. The grants will allow communities to leverage more than $145 million in public-private and local matching funds, to bring a combined $166.5 million in construction activity toColorado.
"Communities that are impacted by energy and mineral development throughout the state will benefit from these grant awards," DOLA Executive Director Kirkpatrick said. "The competition for the severance and federal mineral lease grant dollars was stiff. Projects that meet basic needs like water, sewer, drainage, and local roads received highest priority. Projects that demonstrated a strong energy conservation or renewable energy component also received priority."
This year's grant process was revamped and refined to make it more transparent, accountable and strategic, Gov. Ritter and Executive Director Kirkpatrick said. DOLA worked with legislators, local officials and the energy industry to enhance the effectiveness of the application, review and award process.The grant program was created by the legislature in 1977.
The 35 grant projects:
1)BentCountyCourthouse Restoration $390,000
2) Brighton County Road6 andCounty Road4 Expansion $2,000,000