Frye: Infrastructure improvements for our rural communities

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, August 31, 2018

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch recently announced 19 rural communities were awarded $10 million in federal grant funding for infrastructure, downtown revitalization and public facilities improvement projects. Greensburg and Napoleon were among those receiving Community Development Block Grants to improve and revitalize essential parts of the community.

Greensburg was awarded $600,000 for downtown street improvements, including the southern half of Main Street between Broadway and Franklin streets, and on the south side of the courthouse square. Many events are hosted in this area and a vibrant downtown serves as a keystone for Greensburg and its residents. 

Napoleon was awarded a Public Facilities Program grant and given $500,000 for the construction of a new 8,400 square foot fire station. The facility will be located on Millhousen Road with four drive-through bays, a training room and warming kitchen. Volunteer firefighters dedicate their time and risk their safety to protect us, and the Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department needs appropriate facilities in order to serve our community.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will be providing a second round of Community Development Block Grants. Counties, cities and incorporated towns need to submit proposals before 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, with final applications due Friday, Nov. 30. Applications can be submitted for the Main Street Revitalization Program, Public Facilities Program, Stormwater Improvements Program, and Wastewater/Drinking Water Program. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm or contact Community Liaison Jennifer Voris at jvoris@ocra.in.gov.

Rural communities, like our own, are essential pieces to Indiana’s growth. With roughly 40 percent of Indiana’s population living across 76 rural counties, we need to continue investing in our smaller communities. The natural beauty, history and welcoming nature of our towns should be preserved, promoted and shared, and the Community Development Block Grants are a worthwhile investment. As always, if you have any questions or input please feel free to contact me at 312-234-9450 or h67@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

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