Commerce Awards $11.4 Million for Vital Infrastructure Projects in 20 Rural Communities
Marisa Lloyd

Commerce Awards $11.4 Million for Vital Infrastructure Projects in 20 Rural Communities

Washington State Department of Commerce

OLYMPIA. – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced 20 rural cities, towns and counties will receive a total of more than $11.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2021. The 22 projects funded will:

  • improve rural water, sewer, streets, community facilities, and fire protection systems,
  • support affordable housing and economic development, and
  • complete community planning for asset management, recreation, and growth.

Grants include funding for critical fire and emergency facility projects in Malden, Republic, and Colville, all communities struggling with the impact and growing frequency and severity of wildfires.

In addition to core water, sewer, and street infrastructure, other grants will also fund local assistance programs such as a food bank and food pantry expansion in Kittitas County and regional housing rehabilitation in Klickitat and Skamania counties.

“This funding is necessary for small local governments, whose resources are stretched thin by the pandemic, to build and maintain the public infrastructure that strengthens their communities,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown.

These 22 projects will leverage an additional $15.9 million in other states, federal, local, and private resources to strengthen rural Washington. Commerce received 37 applications for 2021 funds, requesting a total of $19.4 million.

 

2021 Washington State Community Development Block Grant Awards:

  • Brewster, $900,000 for wastewater Improvements
  • Cle Elum, $800,000 for Stafford Avenue Corridor improvements
  • College Place, $341,184 for SafeWalk College Place sidewalk construction
  • Colville, $900,000 for fire and emergency facility upgrades with Stevens County Fire District No. 3
  • Elmer City, $30,000 for Force Main assessment and feasibility Study
  • Harrington, $366,750 for wastewater plant modifications
  • Kittitas County, $900,000 for the food bank and food pantry expansion with Friends in Service to Humanity
  • Lamont, $668,900 for telemetry and water system improvements
  • Lewis County, $900,000 for new water reservoir with Water District No. 1 (Randle)
  • Malden, $900,000 for a fire station and $30,000 for outdoor recreation planning
  • Odessa, $30,000 for Well 3 assessment
  • Oroville, $30,000 for public utility GIS mapping
  • Pateros, $30,000 for planning and construction standards
  • Raymond, $25,000 for the comprehensive plan update
  • Republic, $850,000 for EMS station construction with Ferry County EMS District No. 1
  • Rosalia, $600,051 for water system emergency power improvements
  • San Juan County, $900,000 for wastewater treatment plant upgrades with Eastsound Sewer District
  • Springdale, $900,000 for new reservoir and water system improvements
  • Springdale, $30,000 for an asset management plan
  • Washtucna, $895,000 for good improvements
  • White Salmon, $400,000 for regional housing rehabilitation program with Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (Klickitat and Skamania)
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