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Governor Doyle Announces $510,000 in Recovery Act Funding for Nekoosa

NEKOOSA (PRESS RELEASE) -- Governor Jim Doyle today announced $510,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the City of Nekoosa to construct a senior and community center. The funding is part of $17.6 million in Recovery Act funding for development projects in 37 communities across the state.

"These kinds of investments in our communities are really what the Recovery Act is about," Governor Doyle said. "These are real projects that are doing lasting good and making a difference in people's lives.  In a city of 2,600 an investment like this will impact almost every family for generations.  Through this project we'll be able to jump-start the economy while making a lasting investment in the Nekoosa community."

The $510,000 the City of Nekoosa is receiving will leverage an additional $400,000 from the City and receive $380,000 from private sources to create an overall project budget of $1.29 million.  The project will create about 25 construction jobs and is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2010.

Governor Doyle thanked Congressman Dave Obey for his leadership on ARRA, which made this project possible.  Because of Congressman Obey's leadership, Wisconsin is able to continue and expand investments in long-term economic growth in communities across Wisconsin.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is flexible and provides communities with resources to address a wide range of development needs. It aims to provide decent affordable housing, services to the most vulnerable and jobs through business expansion and retention.

Governor Doyle made the announcement as part of his Northern Tour, which takes place from August 19 - 26, 2009.  During the eight day tour through the Northwoods, Governor Doyle and members of the Governor's Cabinet will promote Wisconsin tourism, announce major investments in local communities, and bring state government directly to the people.  

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