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Several rural Nevada projects awarded grants

Updated July 19, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Several community development projects in Nevada’s rural areas were funded through grants in July, including in Nye and Esmeralda counties.

Projects in Pahrump and Beatty are set to receive a total of $514,000 under the federal Community Development Block Grant program, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development reported on July 5. Those monies will fund a drainage/flood control design at the Pahrump Fairgrounds and a fuel station upgrade at the Beatty Airport.

The CDBG program began in 1982, and Nevada’s rural communities have received nearly $85 million in funding since that time. The grant program is overseen nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with GOED’s Rural Economic and Community Development Division administering the program in the state.

“Nevada is simultaneously one of the most urban and most rural states in the nation,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval stated in a news release from GOED. “Our rural communities share many assets and some challenges, particularly where federal lands, affordable housing, workforce development and infrastructure are concerned. These targeted CDBG funds will be very useful in helping these communities address their challenges and leverage their assets.”

Esmeralda County is set to receive $196,000 for upgrades in Goldfield’s Historic District.

For the 2019 CDBG funding period, more than $3 million in monies was awarded across the state’s rural areas, across Nye, Esmeralda and White Pine counties, along with Caliente, Fernley, Wells and West Wendover. Carson City was also awarded more than $441,000 in a separate CDBG category, according to GOED.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

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