GarCo cities awarded state grants |

GarCo cities awarded state grants

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Two Garfield County cities received about $1.75 million from state grants for infrastructure projects.

New Castle received $1 million and Carbondale garnered $750,000 from state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grants, Gov. Bill Ritter announced Wednesday. New Castle’s grant will help pay for a waste water treatment plant, while Carbondale’s grant will help pay for a non-profit center, the governor’s office said.

Funding for Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grants are derived from severance tax and federal mineral lease revenues.

The Department of Local Affairs received 44 applications for $54 million in grant funding, according to the governor’s office.

“Communities all across Colorado are struggling to cope with this global economic crisis,” Ritter said. “These grants will allow communities to make key investments in projects that will put people to work and strengthen local economies in the short-term, while making communities more livable and economically healthy in the long-term.”

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