From broadband to emergency vehicles, grants help Floyd, Johnson counties

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FLOYD/JOHNSON COUNTIES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Grants totaling almost $180,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help communities in Floyd and Johnson counties make needed community improvements.

USDA  Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg announced the grants of  $178,399.

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“Living in rural Kentucky shouldn’t mean living without essential community services and access to education, and these projects will help in an area that desperately needs it,” said Legg.

The grants and projects are:

Kentucky Community and Technical College System will use a $99,999 Rural Business Development Grant to increase broadband connectivity at four campuses. This will enable the college to adapt to labor market trends and skill demands of current and future technological advances, thereby supporting the region’s employers with well-educated and well-trained/skilled employees.

The city of Prestonsburg will use a $50,000 Community Facilities Disaster Grant to purchase two vehicles for the city’s law enforcement department. These vehicles will replace older, unreliable vehicles and will allow the department to better respond to emergencies.

Johnson County Fiscal Court will use a $14,000 Community Facilities Disaster Grant to purchase a new vehicle for the county coroner, replacing an older and unreliable vehicle.

Johnson County Fiscal Court will use a separate $14,400 Community Facilities Disaster Grant to purchase a vehicle for the sheriff’s office, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.