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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 12, 2005
Connie Rivera, Capital Finance Manager, 360-709-3065

Community Development Block Grant Fund Applications Due

​OLYMPIA --.  The next cycle for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Thurston County will be open in the fall, with applications due to the State Office of Community Development in November.

A maximum of $1,000,000 may be available to the county on a statewide competitive basis for General Purpose.  Projects must principally benefit low and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet an urgent need to protect public health and safety.  Applications will be accepted for a variety of eligible community development projects, public facility, community facility, and economic development.

The county may sponsor and submit an application on its own behalf or on behalf of another entity, after a public hearing and deliberation process.  The county may only submit one application each for a General Purpose project.

The county has had inquiries from more than one agency and needs to know what agencies are currently interested in applying for CDBG funds and for what projects.  Any entity interested in proposing a CDBG funded project, should fill out the project questionnaire and return it to Connie Rivera by 5:00 on Sept 27, 2005.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. on October 3, 2005 to hear presentations and take testimony on the proposed projects.  The hearing will take place in Room 280 in Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse on Lakeridge DR. in Olympia .  Each project sponsor will be given a maximum of 10 minutes for a presentation. Public testimony and Board questions/discussion will follow.  After the public hearing, the Commissioners will decide which, if any, project to sponsor as an application for state CDBG funds.  The selected project applicant will then develop the full application package.  That application will be the subject of a public meeting in November prior to submittal as a county application.

Those with questions can call Connie Rivera at 360-709-3065.    

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3