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Posted: August 19, 2009 12:00 a.m.

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Oxford to receive $500K grant

The office of Gov. Sonny Perdue is awarding 23 Georgia communities a total of $10.3 million in stimulus funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the State Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act program. The city of Oxford is a beneficiary of some of that money and will receive $500,000 for water improvements in the city.

"That'll be a good shot in the arm for the community with that money coming in," said Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry, "and the money will be spent pretty rapidly once it's received."

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will release the awards and initiate the projects. Oxford will use its money to repair and replace aging water lines in the city. Roseberry said local workers will be utilized for the project for a few weeks.

Projects funded by the grant range from direct loans for equipment in order to save jobs to street improvements.
"These funds will provide an economic boost to communities in their efforts to fund projects that will create jobs and improve infrastructure," said Gov. Perdue in a press release.

The CDBG-R uses funds allocated through HUD to support local initiatives focusing on improving living conditions and economic opportunities throughout the state.

"We are pleased that these funds will be used to fund critical projects that will assist in moving local economies forward," said DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty in a press release. "This announcement demonstrates how federal and state partners are working together to support our local communities."

For more information regarding Georgia's CDBG-R program, visit DCA's Web site at www.communities/CDBG/programs/cdbgstimulus.asp.

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