$2.3 million grant to help expand Bourbon County industrial park

MILLERSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Paris-Bourbon County Economic Development Authority in Paris is receiving a $2.3 million federal grant for roadway infrastructure improvements to accommodate the expansion of the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell made the announcement Monday at an event at Mustard Seed Hill in Millersburg.

This federal grant was distributed through the U.S. Economic Development Agency, with funding made available through the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved in March 2020.

“Enhancing capacity for freight traveling to the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park will strengthen small businesses and manufacturing in the area for generations to come,” Barr said.  “I was proud to support this project and pleased that the emergency relief that Senator McConnell and I voted for at the height of the pandemic will finish this important project.”

 “By supporting development and business growth in the Bluegrass, we will turbocharge the Commonwealth’s economic recovery with new jobs, businesses, and opportunities. Kentucky’s manufacturers are the backbone of our economy and I am proud to work with Kentucky’s other leaders to ensure they have the high-quality infrastructure needed to succeed,” McConnell added.

“This project is key to our economic recovery from the pandemic and will create jobs and economic growth in the years ahead,” said Gordon Wilson, Paris-Bourbon County Economic Development Authority Executive Director.

According to EDA, this development program is expected to create 296 jobs, retain 147 jobs, and generate $214 million in private investment.

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