Federal funds headed to health departments, Morehead, Russell Springs, other development districts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Federal dollars from the $3 trillion in coronavirus relief bills approved by Congress in late March and early April continue to flow back to Kentucky. And while the checks may sometimes seem small, they are important to the recipients.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced $36.2 million in additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for 61 of the state’s local and regional health departments.

The funding will support reimbursement of costs incurred from combatting the COVID-19 global pandemic and follows $10 million in CARES funding announced in May.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced $6.7 million for small business revolving loan funds in Maysville, Russell Springs, Grayson, Morehead, Hopkinsville, and Bowling Green.

Of the health department money, Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said, “It is important that additional funding is available to these deserving facilities and to the heroes who are local and regional public health employees.”

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, added, “These federal funds will make a real difference in local communities by reimbursing health departments for eligible expenses such as emergency operations, community-based surveillance and reporting, education and screenings, distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and assessment of public health and medical surge needs.”

The funding represents projected payroll expenses, contractual service costs, travel, and medical supplies that local and regional health departments are expected to incur in response to the pandemic.

Reimbursable funds will be available through December 2020.

Meanwhile, McConnell touted the aid to economic development groups to help, push job-vreating initiatives.

“The aid announced today to small businesses and entrepreneurs is an important aspect of my CARES Act that’s bringing urgent relief to communities across the Commonwealth,” he said.

The EDA investments announced Thursday are:

* Buffalo Trace Area Development District, Maysville, Kentucky, will receive a $2.1 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to stimulate economic growth and job creation by capitalizing and administering a RLF to service businesses in Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson counties.

* The Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Russell Springs, Kentucky, will receive a $1.5 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer a RLF that will provide loans to small businesses impacted by coronavirus to assist with their working capital needs. The District’s service area includes Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne counties.

* FIVCO Area Development District, Grayson, Kentucky, will receive a $1.3 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to finance start-up and expanding businesses by capitalizing and administering a RLF to service coronavirus impacted businesses in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence counties.

* Gateway Area Development District, Morehead, Kentucky, will receive a $759,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to assist businesses in bouncing back from coronavirus by completing COVID conversions for health and safety and becoming remote ready through technology upgrades by capitalizing and administering a RLF that will serve impacted businesses in Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan counties.

* Pennyrile Area Development District, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, will receive a $759,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer a RLF that will help coronavirus impacted businesses in Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg counties meet their short-term working capital needs.

* Barren River Area Development District, Bowling Green, Kentucky, will receive a $250,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer a RLF to assist coronavirus impacted small businesses and start-ups with expansions service in Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Simpson, Warren, Metcalfe, and Monroe counties.

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