FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Corbin this afternoon to announce more than $4 million in investments for community development and transportation improvement projects in Corbin and Whitley County.
“My administration is committed to building strong communities throughout Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “Corbin is an important hub of economic activity in this region, which means that key investments in the transportation and community infrastructure here are vital if we are to keep the economy of Corbin and Whitley County moving forward.”
One million dollars of the funding announced today will be used to construct an access road from the Corbin Area Technology Center to the site of the new Southeast Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center, which is in the design stage.
“Infrastructure upgrades like these are absolutely essential to the continued success of a world class, high tech complex like the one we have here in Corbin,” said Senate President. David Williams (R-Burkesville). “We appreciate Governor Fletcher’s support for the kind of projects that strengthen Southeastern Kentucky’s connection with the global economy.”
Governor Fletcher also announced highway safety improvements for the community, including traffic signal upgrades and a turn lane addition at the intersection of US25W and KY 727. That is one of the main intersections for the Corbin Intermediate School complex now under construction.
"These projects illustrate the excellent working relationship Governor Fletcher has with community leaders in southeastern Kentucky,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “As we improve our highway network we are improving the quality of life for citizens all across the Commonwealth. We are also focused on making safer roads in Kentucky, particularly safer routes to schools, which is a key component of the US 25 intersection project.”
Governor announces $3.2 million for additional community projects
Governor Fletcher also presented local officials with ceremonial checks totaling $3.2 million for additional community development projects in Corbin:
* $2.5 million for the new Southeast Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center, which will be built near the Corbin Area Technology Center. Funding for the center will help pay for parking areas, access roads and utilities. Construction is expected to begin next month, with completion in 2009.
* $700,000 for installation of a sewer collection system for Tattersall Subdivision. The project will mean improved service for approximately 300 households. During the check presentation, the Governor also announced that he would recommend to federal officials that the project receive a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant.
The Governor’s Office for Local Development and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority are the agencies responsible for administering the funding for these projects.
“We are all very grateful for the continued support that Governor Fletcher has shown for the economic well-being of Corbin and this entire region,” said Rep. Charles Siler (R-Williamsburg). “By investing in facilities like the Ag Expo Center and the Corbin Technology Center, all of southeastern Kentucky is going to reap substantial economic dividends for years to come.”