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Dec 18, 2009 by Hamilton County Tourism
I just received the following press release in my inbox. Â I actually received this from a co-worker who received it from a co-worker, but it was originally written by Anne Bell at the The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Â The press releaseÂ explains the Grant so perfectly that I thought I would share what she wrote with you all. Â Congrats to Arcadia, Indiana - this grant will help make your already charming downtown even better! [caption id="attachment_1477" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Pictured: Glen Shrock, Town Council Member; Lt. Governor Becky Skillman; Mitch Russell, Town Representative; Tina Henderson, Grant Administrator."][/caption] Monday, December 14 at a Statehouse ceremony, Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman awarded the Town of Arcadia a $449,160 Community Focus Fund grant for a downtown revitalization project. Â The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) administers the grants, which are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Thirty-three communities and counties were recognized at the ceremony, with grant awards totaling more than $15 million. â€œGrant opportunities, like this one, allow rural communities to undertake projects they might not otherwise be able to fund,â€? said Lt. Governor Skillman. â€œThe Community Focus Fund grants provide communities with the resources they need to achieve their long-term development goals and eliminate the barriers that stand in the way of their economic success.â€?â€¨â€¨This project will include the rehabilitation of downtown sidewalks and the placement of new walkways where none currently exist. Â Wider pathways, new ADA compliant ramps, and new curbs and gutters will also be installed. Â The town will also use grant funding to install period lighting appropriate for the townâ€™s architecture. Â All of these improvements will help the town capitalize on their growing arts and tourism initiative. The Community Focus Fund grants are awarded twice annually through a competitive application process. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: community and senior centers, special needs facilities, libraries, water system improvements, storm drainage projects, and sewer system improvements.
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