Bartow receives CDBG to fund portion of Toyo project
by Jason Lowrey
Aug 26, 2014 | 917 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As announced in a press release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office one week ago, Bartow County has received $395,200 in the form of a Community Development Block Grant. The funds are being used to help ensure fire protection for Toyo Tire in White.

County Administrator Peter Olson said the project was intended to adequately service Toyo once its latest expansion is complete. When finished, a new 12-inch water line will connect two water tanks in the area, thereby creating adequate flow in the event of a fire. Another solution would have been to build another water tank, Olson explained, but “hydraulically linking” the two tanks was considered the preferable option.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $800,000, but only a fourth of that may come out of the county’s coffers.

“We got a $300,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and then this grant … [the state will] give us a certain amount per job created. The $400 million expansion is creating 650 jobs, so that qualified us to apply for all these grants. And they needed the water upgrade to satisfy fire protection in that expanded facility, so that worked out well for us,” Olson said.

Bartow’s block grant, according a list of awarded grants, falls under a CDBG Employment Incentive Program and redevelopment award.

A total of $39.7 million in CDBG will go out to communities, according to the press release. Administered by the Department of Community Affairs, the block grants are meant for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers for needy residents, which accounted for $35.8 million. The Employment Incentive funding goes to economic development projects and accounted for $3.9 million of the total number. The funded projects are estimated to create 1,172 jobs and $316.6 million in private investment.

“Strong, vibrant communities help attract companies to the state,” Deal said in the release. “The projects funded by this program will ensure successful economic development and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. By leveraging this funding with private investment and local funds, these communities are able to maximize the opportunities offered by the CDBG program and keep Georgia the nation’s top state for business.”