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Gov. John Hickenlooper announces grants for Weld communities

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Kevin Patterson, interim executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, announced $34.2 million in competitive grants awarded to projects across Colorado.

Throughout Colorado, 40 projects received grants through the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant program. The grants will address key public improvements ranging from public facilities to water and wastewater systems in communities statewide, according to a news release.

Among the projects receiving grants:

–The Fort Lupton 14th Street roadway reconstruction project received $750,000.

–The Milliken water line loop project received $788,200.

–Thompson Rivers P&R District Milliken Community Center project received $1 million.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs administers the grant program, which assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels, the release stated.

Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production, and from a portion of the state’s share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land, the release stated. The program was created by the Legislature in 1977.

 

This article was from Greeley Tribune, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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