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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2008


BARBOUR ANNOUNCES $41 MILLION AWARDED FOR GO ZONE DISASTER RECOVERY PROJECTS


(JACKSON, Mississippi)—More than $41 million in disaster recovery grants is being awarded to 39 Mississippi counties and municipalities for individual projects involving disaster recovery, Governor Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Disaster Recovery Division announced today.


“Hurricane Katrina truly impacted our whole state, and this funding will help key communities in South and Central Mississippi rebuild vital public facilities which were damaged,” Governor Barbour said. “This package will touch most of Mississippi’s disaster declared counties, and it will be used for everything from repairing water and drainage systems, to environmental mitigation to rebuilding public buildings.”


The projects are funded through Mississippi’s $5.48 billion federal Katrina recovery package, composed entirely of flexible Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies, which may be used for a variety of public infrastructure purposes.


“These are projects fitting very well into the CDBG program’s traditional scope of work,” said Gray Swoope, MDA Executive Director. “MDA worked closely with mayors, county supervisors and other local officials to ensure their project proposals would be well planned and ultimately qualify for federal CDBG funds. This included extensive documentation and site visits to verify that each proposal is directly linked to Katrina recovery.”


As a result, 39 out of 49 total applications passed all the federal CDBG requirements. Each of the cities and counties impacted by this package are in the Gulf Opportunity Zone or “GO Zone,” a federally defined area eligible for special tax breaks and supplemental federal investment designed to promote and hasten hurricane recovery.


Of the almost $5.5 billion federal Katrina recovery CDBG package approved for Mississippi, more than $2.3 billion is appropriated specifically for community revitalization projects similar to these, with the rest primarily allocated to various housing recovery programs. MDA, the state agency administering Mississippi’s CDBG recovery package, works closely with the CDBG program’s parent agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to determine applicant eligibility and disburse all Mississippi CDBG awards.

 

APPLICANT PROJECT DESCRIPTION AWARD AMOUNT


Bay Springs Debris removal/drainage improvements $265,600


Brookhaven Debris removal/drainage improvements 665,000


Carthage Debris removal/drainage improvements $3,977,125


Centreville Demolition of damaged public building and construction of community center $544,000


Decatur Repair and improvements of wastewater treatment lagoon $909,040


Edwards Repair/rehabilitation of Town Hall $320,000


Forest Repair and renovation of Head Start/nutrition site $311,800


Hattiesburg Construction of fire station to replace one damaged by the storm $1,437,900


Hattiesburg Improvements to water treatment plant $2,364,210


Jasper County Repair of courthouse $160,480


Lamar County Expansion and construction of fire stations $1,931,130


Laurel Demolition/construction of senior citizens building $234,000


Laurel Construction of water treatment plant administrative building $1,104,300


Louisville Repairs to Louisville Coliseum $606,000


Lumberton Demolition of damaged buildings and creation of green space $1,159,712.82


Magnolia Downtown revitalization/streetscape repair and improvements $633,949


Magnolia Repair and improvements to elevated water tank $344,500


McComb Construction of elevated water tank $2,000,900


Meridian Bonita Lake dam repair and drainage improvements $1,786,000


Oktibbeha County Demolition and reconstruction of damaged county education building $1,690,125


Osyka Restoration and repair and Town Hall $260,000


Pachuta Drainage repair and improvements $580,150


Pelahatchie Streetscape repair/improvements; building rehabilitation $1,810,985


Pelahatchie Repair and renovation of Town Hall $231,500


Philadelphia Replace damaged nutrition site $1,120,000


Purvis Repair and improvements of the wastewater treatment facility $916,200


Ridgeland Water system improvements $2,654,881


Shubuta Debris removal and repair of wastewater treatment lagoon $121,250


Stonewall Removal and disposal of storm debris $405,300


Summit Downtown revitalization/streetscape repair and improvements $1,004,752.60


Sumrall Drainage improvements $430,700


Taylorsville Structural repair of Watkins Museum $152,305.36


Union Construction of water treatment plant to replace the one damaged by the storm $2,000,000


Vicksburg Construction/repair of the damaged fire station and terminal building at city airport $1,305,750


Walnut Grove Debris removal and drainage improvements $916,680


Warren County Drainage improvements for various bayous $3,985,863


Waynesboro Development of new landfill to accommodate debris from Katrina $796,583


Wesson Debris removal and drainage improvements $202,500


Wesson Sewer system repair and improvements $209,500