Gov. Ivey announces grant to improve access road in city of Cullman

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $350,000 grant for the city of Cullman improve public safety and alleviate traffic hazards.

The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will be used to reconstruct a two-mile segment of 24th Street between U.S. Hwy 31 and AL Hwy 69. Twenty-fourth Street is a main access route to one of the city’s industrial parks.

“These funds will greatly improve traffic safety and access to this industrial park,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to help the city of Cullman with this project.”

The industrial park is home to several industries including REHAU Inc. which, earlier this year, announced plans to expand and provide 125 jobs.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) administers the ARC program in Alabama. 

“I join Gov. Ivey in commending local leaders for their efforts to obtain both ARC and Community Development Block Grant funds for this project,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The Appalachian Regional Commission has been a valued partner for more than 50 years in helping Alabama communities improve the lives of their residents.” 

ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Cullman County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.

ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.