Public meetings held statewide for AR Consolidation Plan

(KAIT)- More than $25,000,000 is estimated to come into Arkansas from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this summer.

The opportunity for public input for exactly where that money goes is now.

The five-year Consolidated Plan sets priorities for creating economic opportunities for low income people, with one year set aside for an "Action Plan."

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission holds annual public meetings and hearings across the state to gather opinions and community input.

Basil Julian, Grants Division Director for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, says advocates and people with a vested interest in the Consolidation Plan are typically in the audience at these public meetings.

"Not only is the Consolidated Plan discussed to get public input, it's our blueprint for how we're going to spend the money. It provides our funds, for example, the program can be used for community centers, fire stations, water and sewer grants, and of course, for economic development. We fund projects to create jobs in the state of Arkansas," Julian said.

To have your opinion heard, you can contact the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at A copy of the draft of the Consolidation Plan can also be found there.

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