Flovilla receives grant for water system improvements

Flovilla city officials recently received more than $628,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program for water system improvements. (Special Photo)

The city of Flovilla has received a 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant in the amount of $628,614 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Flovilla was one of 60 Georgia communities awarded grants through the program this year. Flovilla will use the grant for water system improvements.

“Strong and prosperous communities help attract businesses and jobs,” DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn said. “Projects like the one in Flovilla help stimulate economic development and enhance the quality of life for the whole community. CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia. This program’s impact can be felt in every corner of our state.”

Of this year’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, state officials said.

The CDBG program supports projects in Georgia’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes, according to the Department of Community Affairs. Awards ranging from $260,000 to $1 million will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods and construction of facilities such as health, youth and senior centers. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of receiving the award.

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