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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission awards 30 community grants



Little Rock, Arkansas — 30 Arkansas cities and counties have been awarded by The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) with $4,753,478 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

These funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) State Program for Small Cities. The grants were awarded under the General Assistance set-aside, part of Arkansas’ $18.86 million 2021 formula grant allocation, which is designed to provide communities the opportunity to apply for a variety of non-housing public facilities and public infrastructure projects.

Nine cities and counties throughout the state were awarded an additional $2,424,095 from the CDBG-CV set-aside, a $26.4 million supplemental program to assist in local government-level recovery, prevention, and preparation efforts relating to the coronavirus. The CDBG-CV funding was allocated to the State by HUD as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The 21 General Assistance projects include:

• Arkansas City, Desha County, Arkansas City Waste Treatment Pond Improvements, $300,000
• Ash Flat, Sharp County, Ash Flat Street Overlay Project, $244,317
• Ashdown, Little River County, Ashdown Drainage Project, $299,530
• Bald Knob, White County, Bald Knob Manhole Project, $299,879
• Booneville , Logan County, Booneville Sidewalk Project, $200,000
• Etowah, Mississippi County, Etowah Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, $300,000
• Evening Shade, Sharp County, Evening Shade Water Line Project, $237,508
• Gentry, Benton County, Gentry Stormwater Drainage Project, $192,150
• Hackett, Sebastian County, Hackett Sidewalk Project, $125,600
• Hatfield, Polk County, Hatfield Street Project, $148,075
• McGehee, Desha County, McGehee Water/Wastewater System Rehab, $299,954
• Murfreesboro, Pike County, Murfreesboro Drainage Improvement Project, $300,000
• Norman, Montgomery County, Norman Wastewater Improvement Project, $299,921
• Patterson, Woodruff County, Patterson Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, $270,275
• Stephens, Ouachita County, Stephens Water Meter Project, $181,043
• Tollette, Howard County, Tollette Wastewater Project, $299,996
• Van Buren County, Van Buren County Street Project, $300,000
• Waldron, Scott County, Waldron Sidewalk Project, $172,008
• Wilmot, Ashley County, Wilmot Water/Wastewater Improvement Project, $299,954
• Wilton, Little River County, Wilton Water/Wastewater Improvement Project, $283,268