The Delta Regional Authority announced Tuesday $1.4 million in grant funding for Southern Illinois infrastructure projects. Along with that grant money, a total investment of over $22 million is going into the projects as a result of public-private partnerships.
Five Southern Illinois communities, including Cairo, Carbondale, Benton, Eldorado, and Goreville will receive a total of seven grants — two are going to Benton and two to Cairo. The investments are funded by both the DRA and private partnerships.
“DRA investments help us ensure that all Illinoisans have the best quality of life possible and access to high-quality, good paying jobs right here in Illinois,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a news release from the DRA.
The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to support economic development in eight states, including Illinois.
In Cairo, DRA gave over $280,000 to improve the road at 34th Street and Commercial Avenue and to improve information technology infrastructure to support an electronic health record system to give patients access to medical records and telemedicine at Community Health & Emergency Services Inc.
Franklin Hospital in Benton will receive $156,305 to upgrade its digital mammography system. Also in Benton, the Rend Lake Conservancy District will receive a total of $5,460,794 to build a second discharge pipe from its water treatment plant to add community capacity.
Eldorado will get $524,917 to go toward water and sewer infrastructure.
Southern Illinois University will receive over $15 million to provide educational and job training equipment for a 44,842-square-foot Family Residency and Physician’s Assistant Training Center (SIU Family Practice) that will be built. SIU is partnering with Southern Illinois Healthcare on the new training center.
Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro, who represents Illinois’ 12th Congressional District, praised the investments.
“Targeted investments like those announced today have helped to create and sustain thousands of jobs in the region. I look forward to continue working with DRA to build public-private partnerships and encourage economic development and job creation in Southern Illinois,” Bost said in the DRA release.
“This funding won’t just help improve the roads and water mains in Southern Illinois, it will also help support local business development, create jobs and modernize health care infrastructure,” said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
Source : The Southern