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Senior Center to receive stimulus funds

McDuffie County will receive a $395,209 grant for its Senior Center from stimulus funds, according to an announcement this past week.

The office of Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that it is awarding 23 Georgia communities a total of $10.3 million in stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the State Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act program. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will release the awards and initiate the projects.

"These funds will provide an economic boost to communities in their efforts to fund projects that will create jobs and improve infrastructure," said Gov. Perdue.

The recovery act program uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives that focus on improving living conditions and economic opportunities throughout the state.

"We are pleased that these funds will be used to fund critical projects that will assist in moving local economies forward," said Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty. "This announcement demonstrates how federal and state partners are working together to support our local communities."

Funds will be used to support projects that include loans for equipment, water and sewer and street and drainage improvements, and building construction/renovation.

Forestry Commission seeks opinions

The Georgia Forestry Commission is asking residents to provide input for a survey regarding issues affecting the state's forests.

"We're requesting our stakeholders to participate in an easy, online survey," said Robert Farris, the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. "The results will provide important information about forest-related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities that will be included in a comprehensive analysis of rural and urban forest landscapes."

To participate in the survey, go to and click on the Homepage link that says "Web-based Survey -- Forest Resource Assessment."

The survey is a building block for Georgia's "State Forestry Assessment and Resource Strategy" effort, which was called for in the 2008 farm bill. It requires states to develop long-term plans for investing federal, state, and other resources to manage identified priority landscapes while addressing national, regional, and state themes or guidance. The report will be submitted in June 2010.

"We appreciate people taking time to answer these questions," said Farris. "This input will guide the GFC as we continue to strategically manage the state's forestry resource for the benefit of Georgians today and tomorrow."

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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