Gov. Nathan Deal today on Friday that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies, a figure which includes a grant for Butts County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgiaโ€™s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Of that amount, Butts County was award $518,089.00 for a road improvement project for street and drainage improvements to serve Issac Head Road. The project will pave 0.92 miles of dirt roads and install adequate drainage improvements. The project will benefit 53 persons, of whom 41 (77.36%) are LMI. The total project cost is $643,303, with $125,214 in local match and leverage.

“Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state,” said Deal. “The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgiaโ€™s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business.”

“CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia,” said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn. “This programโ€™s impact can be felt in every corner of our state.”

Of this yearโ€™s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.