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Nearly 60 communities in Georgia will receive $41 million in federal assistance to help grow their economies.

Gov. Brian Kemp said that 59 cities and counties will be awarded grants from Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program for various development projects and infrastructure improvements.

“These communities understand the importance of how these funds can enhance and improve the quality of life for residents across the state,” Kemp said. “When communities are revitalized, their citizens are as well.”

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

Around $38 million will go to infrastructure projects, such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage, or street improvements, according to the Kemp Administration.

Around $2.9 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are slated to create 192 new jobs and generate $70.4 million in additional private investments.

The maximum amount for one project in the competitive grant program is $750,000 while up to $1 million can be granted for “multi-activity.”

Pike County received a $1 million grant for housing rehabilitation, clearance, street and drainage improvements for 259 residents in Hilltop.

Petham, Plains, Reynolds, Statesboro, Summerville, Sylvania, Sylvester, Twin City, Washington and Mitchell, Monroe, Spalding and Worth counties all received the maximum of $750,000.

Adel, Aldora, Millen, Sylvania and McIntosh County will benefit from the Employment Incentive Program and the Redevelopment Fund. 

Aldora is located in the Three Rivers Region. July numbers for the 10-county area show that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percent and stands at the national rate of 3.7 percent, which is the same for Coastal Georgia, where McIntosh County and Sylvania are located. 

Last July, the employment rate was 4.3 and 4.1 percent for Three Rivers and Coastal Georgia, respectively.

In Southern Georgia, where Adel is located, the July unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percent to 4.1 percent. It was 4.5 percent in July 2018.

The Central Savannah River region, which encompasses Millen and a dozen other counties, had a July unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. It was 5.2 percent last July.

 

Staff Writer

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.