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Knox County Receives $500,000 in Federal CDBGFunding for Community Improvement Projects

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Knox County is one of nearly two dozen Ohio communities receiving funding to complete neighborhood improvement projects aimed at improving the quality of life for residents. In total, 23 Ohio communities will receive $13.8 million.
The funding is available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which is administered by the Ohio Department of Development.
Today’s award will support Knox County with Village of Martinsburg Water System Improvements. The proposed waterline system improvements consist of adding a 6” waterline loop from the Village’s well field and storage tank and repairing wells #3 and #4. The project will benefit the entire Village of Martinsburg by providing a backup system to the entire village when the only existing waterline breaks.
“Investing in our communities’ infrastructure isn’t just about building bridges and roads; it’s about nurturing economic growth and safeguarding the health and well-being of Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. “The projects we’re supporting with this funding underscore our commitment to building a stronger, more prosperous Ohio for all.”
Seven communities will receive grants for a total of nearly $6 million for Neighborhood Revitalization. Eligible activities include public facility improvements, such as construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of infrastructure, fire protection facilities, and community centers in low-to-moderate-income areas.
“Ohio is experiencing unprecedented economic growth, so we want to ensure our communities have the resources in place to take advantage of that momentum,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Infrastructure is a crucial component of economic development and leads to job creation and improved quality of life for residents.”
Critical Infrastructure awards include 16 communities, totaling $7.8 million to assist with high-priority infrastructure improvements with community-wide impact. Projects must be in critical or poor condition to be considered eligible.
Projects announced today include the improvement of flood and drainage facilities, water and sanitary sewer facilities, bridge reconstruction, parks and recreation facilities, street reconstruction, and sidewalks.
“These types of improvements are seldom pretty, and almost always expensive to make, but they can also serve as a welcome mat for companies looking to set up shop in Ohio,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Department of Development. “We’re proud to support these communities in getting these projects over the finish line.”
The Ohio Department of Development empowers communities to succeed by investing in Ohio’s people, places, and businesses. Learn more about our work at development.ohio.gov.

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