Twenty-three communities have received funding from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program.
In total, the Arkansas communities received $7,162,966.
These funds were provided as part of the General Assistance allocation, which assists local communities with non-housing public facility and infrastructure projects. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the funding through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) State Program for Small Cities.
The cities of Briarcliff and Flippin both received the largest amounts of funding through the program. Briarcliff received $1 million for new water construction while Flippin received $1 million for new wastewater construction.
The majority of the projects are aimed at wastewater rehab. There are nine wastewater rehab projects in total. Birdsong received $200,00 for its project; Bonaza received $200,000; Dierks received $199,825; Emerson received $133,574; England received $200,000; Hughes received $823,200; and Kensett received $200,000.
There were an additional eight water-related projects that receive AEDC funding. Alicia received $95,000 for drainage improvements; Beedeville received $200,000 for water rehab; Bodcaw received $558,162 for new water construction; Briarcliff received $1 million for new water construction; Dell received $200,00 for drainage improvements; Flippin received $1 million for new wastewater construction, Hermitage received $358,640 for new wastewater construction; and Howard County received $199,200 for water rehab.
Augusta received $200,000 for public library construction; Carroll County received $198,265 for health unit improvements; Eudora received $199,950 for emergency shelter improvements; Izard County received $200,000 for a senior center construction, Mountain Home received $200,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center renovations; Peach Orchard received $197,150 for street improvements; and Tuckerman received $200,000 for a food pantry expansion.