Corning Awarded Grant to Combat Flooding
The City of Corning, in partnership with the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority, has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to combat persistent flooding and drainage issues. Corning was one of seven Northeast Arkansas cities selected to share more than $1.3 million to improve their communities. The AEDC awarded the towns of Caraway, Corning, Earle, Osceola, Paragould, Reyno, and Wynne $1,337,492 in Community Development Block Grants.
Corning will receive $192,500.00 to improve storm water drainage infrastructure throughout the community. As stated in a press release from the NEA Intermodal and the City of Corning, much of the work will take place around an area known as the Crafton Addition, a neighborhood adjacent to a number of the city’s industrial operations.
“Over the past year the community has banded together to engage in strategic planning, downtown revitalization, a strong shop local campaign and community-wide cleanups,” commented NEA Intermodal Executive Director Graycen Bigger. “I am inspired by their efforts to promote economic and community development in Corning and believe this grant opportunity will improve the quality of life for the city’s residents. The NEA Intermodal is proud to partner with the City of Corning on this infrastructure project.”
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