7 area towns receiving $1.3M for community development

7 area towns receiving $1.3M for community development

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Seven towns in Northeast Arkansas will share more than $1.3 million to improve their communities.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission awarded the towns of Caraway, Corning, Earle, Osceola, Paragould, Reyno, and Wynne $1,337,492 in Community Development Block Grants.

The money, according to a Thursday news release from the East Arkansas Planning & Development District (EAPDD), will be used as follows:

  • Caraway: $200,000 for the creation of a new well to service the city
  • Corning: $192,500 for drainage improvements
  • Earle: $200,000 for street improvements
  • Osceola: $144,992 for the completion of the renovation of the Coston Building
  • Paragould: $200,000 for renovations to the Mission Outreach homeless shelters
  • Reyno: $200,000 for repainting the city water tower, preserving water quality
  • Wynne: $200,000 for sewer improvements

“Any day that over a million dollars are invested in East Arkansas is a great day for EAPDD,” said Melissa Rivers, EAPDD executive director. “My staff and I are excited to get started on these projects so these funds can start impacting the lives of those living in our district.”

One of the recipients is Mission Outreach homeless shelter in Paragould. The shelter is the largest in Northeast Arkansas and is in much need of repair.

The $200,000 grant will be used to update the walls and ceilings, a sprinkler system will be added, along with an entire bathroom gutted.

The Executive Director, Cheri Peters, said she would like to continue to serve the community and the shelter couldn’t be more thankful for receiving this grant for the second time.

“Thank you Arkansas, what a wonderful gift and it’s going to help so many and change so many lives in our start, " Peters said.

These project upgrades are all made possible through the partnership of these seven communities and East Arkansas Planning & Development District.

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