October 9, 2020

More Than $4.7 Million in Grants Awarded to 11 Western Kentucky Communities

In September, Gov. Beshear announced nearly $4.76 million in grants from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to update infrastructure, expand broadband and health-care access, improve economic development opportunities and more in communities across Western Kentucky.

The investments will fund 11 projects that will create or retain 80 jobs, provide workforce training for 433 Kentuckians and will improve the lives of 32,400 families.

"These 11 projects will make a great difference for infrastructure, economic development, health care and education, which are all priorities as we build a brighter, better Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear. "We are grateful to the local leaders who made these projects possible and for DRA's continued investment in Kentucky."

Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner and Kentucky DRA Designee and Alternate Dennis Keene said DRA remains a crucial partner for the commonwealth.

"We appreciate the work of the DRA and their investment in Western Kentucky," said Commissioner Keene. "Because of these projects, Western Kentucky families will have greater access to critical resources, which is very important as we look for ways to rebuild our economy and provide real opportunity for all Kentuckians."

The DRA, which works to improve economic opportunity and create jobs in 252 counties and parishes in the eight-state Delta region, is investing in these key projects through the States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce training and education, and small businesses development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and through the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which targets physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. 

Gov. Beshear serves on the DRA board as the governor of one of the member states. The DRA coordinates directly with the Governor's Office, DLG and three local development districts in the commonwealth to implement funding for the program.

The grants will help fund projects in the following communities:

For specific details on what each project entails and to see what local officials had to say about the grants, read the full release.