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City Awarded EDA Grant

Post Date:08/01/2019 9:37 AM

Albany, GA (July 31, 2019) – The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the City of Albany a Federal grant in the amount of $8 million for utility improvements. The City will match this grant with an additional $2.6 million for a total of $10.6 million toward critical electrical and communication infrastructure.

Specifically, this project converts existing overhead electric and fiber optic utilities to underground infrastructure that serves facilities and businesses in parts of downtown Albany, Phoebe Putney Hospital, and the supporting medical, residential and business community. Once the project is complete it will improve the resiliency of the City’s critical infrastructure and mitigate future occurrences of prolonged utility failure in the event of natural disasters.

Jimmy Norman, Director of Utilities, stated, “During the recent tornados and Hurricane Michael the circuit that feeds parts of downtown and Phoebe Putney Hospital suffered severe damage. The power restoration efforts in the area took a lot of time. The EDA grant will help us make the much needed improvements to the critical circuit. We are very excited to be the recipient of the grant and ready to get started on the project.”

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.

For more information, please contact Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer at 229.733.2225.

 

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