Arkansas Counties and Communities Recieve Grants for Local Projects

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today presented 12 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) totaling more than $2.8 million to Arkansas counties and communities.

"These grants allow our communities to improve quality of life and build the foundation for economic development," said Governor Beebe.  "A strong infrastructure helps make a strong case when drawing quality jobs to Arkansas."

The CDBG funds, which are leveraged with monies from state or local sources, were awarded to the following projects:

  • - Brinkley: $220,020; renovation of a gymnasium into a community center
  • - Carlisle: $235,000; construction of a senior citizen center
  • - Danville: $200,000; renovation of the community center
  • - Earle: $220,220; construction of a multi-purpose community center
  • - Evening Shade: $140,000; renovation of an existing facility into a library
  • - Grant County: $375,000; expansion and renovation of the public health facility
  • - Highland: $149,050; connecting 100 households to a new sewer system
  • - Mena: $180,000; installation of waterlines and fire hydrants
  • - Paragould: $235,000; renovation and expansion of the senior citizen center
  • - Phillips County: $220,000; construction of a new youth center
  • - Van Buren County: $325,000; design and construction of a childcare facility
  • - White County: $320,000; construction of a new childcare facility

The Arkansas Department of Economic Development administers the CDBG funds for Arkansas communities with populations under 50,000 and with a majority of households in low-to-moderate income brackets. The funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"The projects that were announced today will benefit a wide range of citizens," said Maria Luisa Haley, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. "Younger Arkansans to our senior citizens will take advantage of childcare facilities, a youth center, community centers and senior centers.  A library, public health center and waterline will also benefit our population. I congratulate the counties and communities awarded these grants and look forward to the positive impact they will provide."