(Statehouse) June 1, 2007-State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman awarded the Town of Carthage a $525,000 Community Focus Fund Grant during an awards ceremony yesterday in the Indiana Statehouse. The grant will be used for a water project.
The Town of Carthage will improve their existing water distribution system. After nearly 70 years of use, the well system will be upgraded to a 150,000 gallon water storage tank, and there will also be a variety of water meter replacements.
"By enhancing the existing water system, the people of Carthage will be provided with better water quality and supply," said Rep. Cherry. "In addition, further improvements to the area's facilities will contribute to future economic growth in the region."
The federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program awards Community Focus Fund grants twice a year after competitive funding rounds. During the first round of funding this year, 26 Hoosier communities shared in more than $12 million. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) administer the Community Focus Fund.
"When Governor Daniels and I took office, we made a commitment to dedicate resources to help rural Indiana build on its strengths," said Lt. Governor Skillman. "The Community Focus Funds are just one of the many resources and tools we believe rural communities can use to help Indiana work toward economic prosperity."
Across Indiana, Community Focus Fund grants assist small cities and towns in implementing their long-term development plans. Funded eligible projects for Community Focus Fund grants include, but are not limited to: community and senior centers, special needs facilities, water system improvements, and sewer system improvements.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs were created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman was appointed the first-ever Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.in.gov/ocra.
Rep. Cherry represents House District 53, which includes portions of Hancock, Rush, and Shelby Counties.