Governor Otter Awards Community Block Grants
and federally funded grants benefit economic development projects in Idaho
counties and cities
BOISE, ID—Wednesday, January 16, 2013—Governor C.L.
“Butch” Otter announced today that one Rural Community Block Grant (RCBG) and two
Idaho Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards will be distributed to benefit
infrastructure, create jobs and provide assistance for imminent threats in
three Idaho communities.
“The State of Idaho is pleased to be a partner with
cities and counties throughout the state in encouraging economic growth and
providing support in the event of natural disasters,” Governor Otter said.
The city of Ucon will receive a $255,000 Rural Community
Block Grant to install a rail switch and spur off the Eastern Idaho Railroad. This grant supports a job creation project, with
Cives Steel Company locating its new structural steel fabricating plant in
Ucon. One of the necessary
infrastructure systems to serve the plant is railroad access, and the company
is expected to initially create 50 new jobs, with potential for up to 150 jobs.
Oneida County will receive a $300,000 Community
Development Block Grant to build a secondary road at the industrial park, which
will create emergency access for a new business, Creative Mines. Creative Mines
will utilize pumice mined in Idaho to manufacture natural stone, veneer, and
manufactured stone products. The company
is expected to initially create 20 new jobs, with potential for up to 40 jobs.
Finally, the city of Dubois will receive a $100,000 Community
Development Block Grant in response to flooding and ice flows in Beaver Creek. In the spring of 2012, the city declared an
emergency when flooding structurally damaged the 5th Street Bridge,
requiring its closure. The grant will pay to replace the critical bridge.
awards are reviewed and recommended by the Economic Advisory Council, and final
approval is granted by the Governor.
The CDBG program supports Idaho cities and counties with
the development of necessary public infrastructure. The grant program, funded
through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is used to
construct projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, help prevent
or eliminate slum and blight conditions, or solve catastrophic health and
safety threats in local areas.
The Rural Community Block Grant program is designed to provide
funds to distressed rural areas for building public infrastructure in support
of economic expansion and job creation. The RCBG program was created
specifically for rural Idaho communities, i.e. cities with a population
generally less than 10,000 or for projects that have a measurable rural
Detailed information about the Community Development
Block Grant program is available here
Detailed information about the Rural Community Block
Grant program is available here