The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced on Tuesday that they it be spreading $15.8 million across 38 different community development projects across the state. The focus is to improve infrastructure such as damaged streets and drainage improvements, but the projects vary across the cities.
The Community Development Block Grant Program was established to address local health and safety concerns to improve local facilities, according to the DED.
Five of the cities are using all or a portion of their funds towards fire house construction.
The greatest amount of money, nearly $773,000, was allocated to the city of Ellsinore, the only city to have been approved for two projects through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The first project will relocate the rural firehouse, and the second allotment will repair higher traffic streets, according to the DED.
The smallest amount approved was $76,000, given to the city of Perry to demolish 16 vacant structures that have been deemed unlivable and to re-seed the lots after.
“Expanding and maintaining our state’s infrastructure is essential to economic development,” Rob Dixon, DED director, said in a press release. “These projects are keeping our communities strong and preparing them for new opportunities in the months and years ahead.”
The grant recipients and the amounts they are being awarded are listed below.