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Contact: John Atwood, 202-482-4085
February 27, 2012

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.2 Million to Strengthen Critical Infrastructure in Kentucky

Federal Funding Will Support More than 1,500 Jobs in Adair and Morgan Counties Following 2010 Flood Damage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today announced $2.2 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) investments to help two Kentucky counties maintain and expand their critical infrastructure in the wake of severe flooding in 2010. The two investments will support more than 1,500 jobs in Adair and Morgan counties.

"These $2.2 million EDA investments in Adair and Morgan counties are examples of the Administration's commitment to helping rebuild rural areas impacted by natural disasters," said Secretary Bryson. "The grants announced today will not only help rebuild critical infrastructure following flood devastation, but will also help save and create jobs in the rural communities."

In Adair County, EDA is investing $1.6 million in the Adair County Water District. The funds will allow for the construction of a sludge conditioning system at the wastewater treatment facility. It will also provide for the building of new lift stations and water storage tanks. The project is expected to help retain more than 1,450 jobs and create 20 new jobs in the region.

In Morgan County, $626,000 is being invested in the construction of a new elevated bridge across Caney Creek. The bridge will be higher than the 100-year flood plain, and will facilitate access to businesses and health services in the region. The project is expected to retain more than 65 jobs.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.