The Missouri Department of Economic Development yesterday announced plans to award $15.8 million to 38 recipients through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The funds will support infrastructure improvements, according to a news release, with nearly $1.7 million in grants coming to the Springfield area.
“Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remain my administration’s top priorities,” Gov. Mike Parson said in the release. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities or expanding job training opportunities, these grants allow us to invest in the future of Missouri.”
Projects include constructing or repairing roads and bridges, building community facilities, and demolishing blighted or vacant structures. DED spokesperson Ashton Kever said the funds were allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s fiscal 2020 CDBG cycle.
Projects near Springfield are:
City of Hartville, $492,338 for renovations to The Thrive Center, a community-based program to help low-income residents.
City of Crane, $241,088 to demolish 13 privately owned residential structures and one publicly owned commercial building to reduce blight.
City of Rockaway Beach, $455,737 to make street repairs and drainage improvements.
Douglas County, $500,000 to construct a 3,600-square-foot fire station with access on Highway 76.
“Expanding and maintaining our state’s infrastructure is essential to economic development,” DED Director Rob Dixon said in the release. “These projects are keeping our communities strong and preparing them for new opportunities in the months and years ahead.”
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