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Leavenworth among OCRA grant recipients

Leavenworth among OCRA grant recipients Leavenworth among OCRA grant recipients

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs recently announced 12 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.

Leavenworth was one of the recipients.

“These grants are vital to Indiana’s economic success as these projects should improve the quality of life in these rural communities,” Crouch said. “Collaborations between federal, state and local partners as they invest in the state’s water infrastructure is a win for Hoosiers as we work toward a stronger Indiana.”

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities which assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.

“Ensuring rural communities have the necessary infrastructure in place has never been more crucial as we continue to cope with COVID-19,” said Denny Spinner, executive director of OCRA. “Indiana’s rural communities must have a foundation to build on to enable them to be on the road to recovery, and water projects such as these are essential as leaders focus on the health and safety needs of their residents.

“This is another example of state and local leadership coming together to improve the quality of life for Hoosiers across the state,” he said.

The Town of Leavenworth was awarded $700,000 for water system improvements. This project will deliver improvements to the Leavenworth Water Utility, including a new 60,000-gallon elevated storage tank with a tank mixing system. It will also demolish the existing tank, install a new security fence around the tank site and build a new control building.

For this round’s grantees, OCRA will delay the start of the administration process until after the holidays. The first round of the 2021 CDBG program will open March 29. Additionally, the suspension of Main Street Revitalization Program and Public Facilities Program will continue. All eligible programs for 2021 were included in the OCRA calendar and additional information will be provided in March.

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more program information, visit in.gov/ocra/cdbg.htm.

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