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By Carmen Ensinger
Rep. Rodney Davis announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant in the amount of $99,000 has been awarded to the city of Carrollton along with a $413,260 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
The grant is part of the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Development Grant Program aimed at assisting with economic development planning and/or expansion of rural businesses.
This grant will be used to construct a new bike path to bring pedestrian traffic into the city’s business district.
The project will also receive a $413,260 (ITEP) grant from (IDOT) with Carrollton contributing a local match of $4,450. The total project cost is $516,700.
“The City of Carrollton is grateful that we have received these two grants,” Carrollton Mayor Mike Snyder said. “They will help to enhance our park systems, which are a big asset to our community.”
Davis said he was glad to be able to help those he represents.
“I’m excited for my constituents and local businesses in Carrollton who will benefit from this state and federal investment in their community,” he said. “Rural residents pay into the system and deserve to see these dollars reinvested in their communities.”