Funds are provided by the Delta Regional Authority, which Senator McConnell supports through the annual Senate appropriations process.
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Tuesday that the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will provide several communities in western Kentucky with investments totaling $2,783,204 to improve services local public and stimulate economic development.
The DRA will allocate funds to projects in Hopkinsville, Benton, Calhoun, Guthrie, Wickliffe and Henderson, Kentucky. Senator McConnell is a longtime supporter of robust funding for the DRA and champions the agency during the annual Senate appropriations process. He also reached out to the DRA to support the projects featured in today’s announcement.
“The Delta Regional Authority provides important resources to a wide range of communities, all linked by their unique connection to the Mississippi River and its tributaries. I have been a proud supporter of this program for years and gladly advocate on behalf of Kentucky communities to receive substantial investment from the agency,” said Senator McConnell. “The projects funded through today’s announcement will have real, tangible impacts on the lives of people in Western Kentucky and spur the economic development their region needs to thrive.”
The DRA announced funding for the following six projects in Western Kentucky:
$410,234 to the town of Hopkinsville to start a sewer extension project at a currently unserved business within the city limits.
“Businesses need access to city utilities when deciding to invest in Hopkinsville, and with the help of the Delta Regional Authority and Senator McConnell, we will be able to provide them with the services they need. . The funding announced today will have a major impact on our economic development,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch. “We deeply appreciate Senator McConnell’s commitment to improving public services and fostering growth in Western Kentucky.”
$421,938 to the town of Benton to expand the west of the city 6and Street sewer interceptor by approximately 1,200 linear feet.
“For businesses and families to put down roots in Benton, they need to ensure that our city’s utilities have the capacity to accommodate new development. Today’s grant announcement helps us provide that assurance by funding a critical expansion of our existing sewage facilities,” said Benton Mayor Rita Dotson. “We are grateful to the Delta Regional Authority for providing this grant and are proud to be represented by Senator McConnell, who understands that these types of projects can make a huge difference in communities like mine.”
$498,900 in McLean County Tax Court to construct a 300-foot broadband tower in Calhoun, Kentucky to provide broadband services to unserved and underserved rural residents.
“McLean County is predominantly rural which means many of our residents do not have access to reliable broadband, with some unable to even contact 911 in an emergency. To address this issue, county leaders have prioritized the construction of new broadband infrastructure and are grateful for any federal assistance we receive to fund new projects,” said McLean County Executive Judge Curtis Dame. “We are extremely grateful for the Delta Regional Authority grant announced today that will allow us to build a new broadband tower in Calhoun, and for Senator McConnell’s advocacy on behalf of rural Kentucky communities.”
$387,800 to the town of Guthrie to extend the city’s sewer and natural gas lines to a currently unserviced commercial development.
“The Town of Guthrie is working hard to attract new employers to our community, but we need strong public services to attract businesses and families to our area. We are grateful to the Delta Regional Authority and Senator McConnell and their work in providing us with the federal assistance we need to operate at the highest level,” Guthrie Mayor Jimmy Covington said. “Today’s grant announcement is great news for Guthrie’s growth and economic development.
$509,000 at the Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Corporation to establish a grocery store in Wickliffe, Kentucky.
“To become a healthier, more vibrant community, Ballard County must invest in fresh food options that meet the needs of all of our people, wherever they live. This grant from the Delta Regional Authority will help us establish a new grocery store in Wickliffe, providing residents with an easily accessible way to feed their families,” said Hannah Chrétien, executive director of the Ballard Economic & Industrial Development Committee. “Senator McConnell was instrumental in securing this funding. We are extremely grateful for his special attention to economic development in Western Kentucky.
$555,332 to the town of Henderson to upgrade existing natural gas infrastructure to serve new industry users.
“At Henderson, one of our top priorities is to attract new jobs and talent to our community. To do this, our utilities must offer comprehensive coverage that provides service to every business. Fortunately, with the Delta Regional Authority and the help of Senator McConnell, we now have the resources to build our infrastructure and accommodate new economic development,” said Henderson Mayor Steve Austin. “We are proud to have representatives in Washington, like Senator McConnell, who put the western Kentucky economy first and help provide us with the financing we need to grow.”