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City, county receive grants

Officials from Thomson and McDuffie County traveled to Savannah recently to pick up more than $1 million in checks.

The money came from federal Community Development Block Grants and Community HOME Investment Program Grants.

The grant awards include: McDuffie County - $343,864 CDBG - for building a teen center addition to the local Boys and Girls Club; McDuffie County - $287,479 CHIP - for housing unit improvements in the Strawberry Hill and Pitts Street area; City of Thomson - $300,000 CHIP - for housing improvement projects; City of Thomson - $171,699 CHIP - for housing improvement projects.

The CDBG and CHIP programs are administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives to improve living conditions and economic opportunities throughout the state.

In a press release Tuesday, State Sen. Bill Jackson, whose district includes Thomson and McDuffie County thanked government leaders for the cooperation.

"I want to thank Governor Perdue, my colleagues in the House and the Department of Community Affairs for their help in securing these grants," said Sen. Jackson. "Both the city and county will benefit greatly from this financial assistance."

Web posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007

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