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Grant will be used to improve Pitts Street

The city of Thomson will receive another $800,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve the Pitts Street area west of Jackson Street.

City administrator Don Powers credited the grant to the city's effective use of past grants. "That's a tribute to the city's leadership," he said.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office made the announcement Friday. More than $38.8 million in federal assistance will be distributed to Georgia communities.

Thomson's grant tied for the largest of the 70 CDBG allocations; Talbot County also received that amount. Another 15 communities received employment incentive program and redevelopment awards.

Mayor Kenneth Usry, in welcoming the grant, said the award is for a multi-activity program, which includes water and sewer lines and street improvements.

Powers said the city benefits from its record of effective spending of grants. This award marks the third consecutive grant to Thomson, the fourth since 2006.

He said the mayor and the city council focus grant money in order to make a difference.

"We don't let our grant money sit," Powers said.

According to the announcement from the governor's office, the State Community Development Block Grant program provides a financial resource to Georgia's smaller and rural communities to support projects that will create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income residents.

The announcement said the 15 projects will leverage more than $450 million in private investments for expansions to create 1,700 jobs.

Almost $33 million was allocated for CDBG awards. Projects include the upgrading of water supplies, the provision of basic sewer services, health facilities, senior citizen facilities, flood and drainage improvements and other neighborhood revitalization projects.

The CDBG program is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives that focus on improving living conditions and economic opportunities.

"We are pleased that these funds will be combined with private investments and local funds to implement critical community and economic development projects. Each year, CDBG investments demonstrate how the state and local partners working together with the private sector can create a climate of success in local communities for families and businesses," said DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty.

Web posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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