RVRC secures $2.8 million for 5 regional infrastructure projects

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The River Valley Regional Commission (RVRC) secures $2.8 million for five infrastructure projects in the Southwest, Georgia region. Governor Nathan Deal announced these huge funding awards Friday. 

“I am really pleased we were able to help so many communities this year,” said Patti Cullen, Executive Director of the RVRC. “Every year we work to assist the local governments in our region address their infrastructure needs. We have been working with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to administer this program for over 35 years.”

The River Valley Regional Commission (RVRC) wrote 5 successful Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications totaling $2,816,000 in infrastructure funding for these southwest Georgia communities:
•    City of Cuthbert – $750,000 for sewer improvements
•    City of Richland – $750,000 for sewer improvements
•    Stewart County – $750,000 for street and drainage improvements
•    Randolph County – $306,000 for street and drainage improvements
•    Marion County – $260,000 for street and drainage improvements

The funds will allow rural communities to address critical infrastructure deficiencies, according to the press release. 

 “Without funding like this, small towns like ours really struggle to keep a sanitary sewer system in good shape for our residents” said Mayor Adolph McLendon of Richland. “We depend on funding sources like these because as much as we work to keep up our sewer, we find it difficult without replacing very expensive equipment that we just don’t have the money for without CDBG funds”

The funds derive from the federal government through Housing and Urban Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

“The Stewart County Commission is delighted to receive news about the funding of our CDBG proposal. We will boost the impact of this grant with $320,000 in funds we have in a separate Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant.” said Mac Moye, County Manager for Stewart County. “The resulting $1.1 million will improve drainage and re-surface the major part of Omaha. Omaha surely needs these improvements, and we are happy to provide them.”

In the last five years, The RVRC has helped write and administer 34 CDBG projects totaling $16,500,000 for the region through the Department of Community Affairs, according to the press release. These funds are for low-income residents and are matched by local money. 

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