U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today U.S. Senate approval of funding requests for several Alabama projects. The Senate approved several Alabama-related projects at the request of Senator Shelby. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. Sen. Shelby said, "The money included in this legislation will assist many communities in Alabama." The following project requests, were included in the bill:
University of South Alabama, Center for Estuarine Research - $750,000
"I am pleased to announce $750,000 in funding for the Center for Estuarine Research at the University of South Alabama. The Center important research on the ecology of coastal lands and seascapes in the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay areas. This funding will allow the University of South Alabama to continue the vital ecological research it is in Alabama. The knowledge gained from this research provides important scientific insights that can be used to preserve and protect coastal plants and wildlife," said Shelby.
Renovation of the Historic Green County Courthouse - $400,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The historic Green County Courthouse is an important part of Alabama's history. I am pleased that this money will be used to restore the Courthouse to its' natural beauty. This restoration effort is an important first step in the County's long-term plan for renovation of the old Courthouse Square."
Hamilton, Alabama Call Center Facility - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The City of Hamilton is greatly in need of a Call Facility. Our funds will allow the city to construct the facility that will result in nearly 600 jobs for the city and surrounding area."
The American Village, Federal Hall/Liberty Square Expansion - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will be used for the construction of Federal Hall and the expansion of Liberty Square in Montevallo. The expansion will triple the capacity of students served by the facility to more than 150,000 per year. The educational potential of these projects is significant."
Cleveland Avenue YMCA, Montgomery, Alabama - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "We have included $500,000 for the Cleveland Avenue YMCA in Montgomery to expand their existing programs. This facility is a cornerstone of the community and serves an underprivileged youth population in Montgomery. The expansion of these programs will allow the YMCA to serve a greater number of young people in the area."
Bright Beginnings Project - $350,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The Andalusia Bright Beginnings Project serves a population of low-income, high-risk preschool children in the Andalusia area to ensure that they have the proper educational foundation before entering elementary school. These funds will allow the Andalusia Housing Authority expand these educational programs and construct a new facility to accommodate a greater number of these children in their program."
Winfield, Alabama Call Center Facility - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The $500,000 provided in this legislation will allow the City of Winfield to construct a Call Center facility that will result in nearly 600 jobs for the city and surrounding area."
Lovelady Building Acquisition on Historic Water Avenue, Selma, Alabama - $100,000
Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will assist the City of Selma in the protection of this historic home on Water Avenue. The acquisition of the Lovelady Building will also allow for future expansion of the St. James Hotel property."
Lakeshore Foundation Facility Expansion - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "Birmingham's Lakeshore Foundation serves Alabamians with disabilities through a variety of programs and services. The $500,000 we have provided will assist the Foundation in their efforts to expand their facilities to serve a greater number of individuals with physical disabilities."
Family Connection, Inc. Diversionary Program for First Time Juvenile Offenders - $150,000
Sen. Shelby said, "Family Connection, working together with the Shelby County District Court, will serve the community with the operation of a facility for first time juvenile offenders. Our funding will assist Family Connection in the construction of the facility to house this important program."
Covington County Farm Center - $300,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The Covington County Farm Center is an important part of the Community and I am pleased that the $300,000 we have provided will assist them with the construction of Phase II of the Center. This Center is an important part of the on-going economic development in Covington County."
Eufaula Redevelopment Project - $250,000
Sen. Shelby said, "The Eufaula Redevelopment Project will play a critical role in the revitalization of the downtown area and is integral to future economic development. The $250,000 will support greater community interaction, allow for an influx of businesses and create new tourism opportunities."
Shoals Economic Development Center - $200,000
Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased to announce this funding for the construction of the Shoals Economic Development Center. In addition to creating employment opportunities, the Center will assist the community in their efforts to bring new business and industry to the area."
Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Water and Wastewater Training - $700,000
Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will be used to continue the training at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management."
University of Montevallo - $115,000
Sen. Shelby said, "Our funding will assist the University of Montevallo in the repairs and renovations of their historic structures."
Brilliant, Alabama - $125,000
Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will be used for access road improvements and a water line extension to the industrial park."
USS Alabama Battleship Commission - $500,000
Sen. Shelby said, "Our funding will assist the USS Alabama Battleship Commission in their restoration efforts."
Spring Hill College - $1 million
Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will assist Spring Hill College in their efforts to create a Regional Library Resource Center."
Alabama Water Projects
"We recognize that cities and counties are faced with many water and sewer challenges and I believe that this funding will go a long way in assisting local communities with those challenges," said Shelby.
Southwest Alabama Regional Water Authority water facility project- $3,500,000
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama for countywide water and sewer facilities - $500,000
Grant, Alabama wastewater collection and treatment facilities - $600,000
Jackson, Alabama for water system improvements - $1,000,000
Blount County, Alabama for wastewater treatment and collection systems - $450,000
Rainsville, Alabama for a wastewater treatment facility upgrade and expansion - $1.9 million
Arab, Alabama for sewer infrastructure improvements - $500,000
Guin, Alabama for sewer infrastructure improvements - $300,000
Franklin County Alabama for water infrastructure improvements - $250,000
Sumiton, Alabama for water system infrastructure improvements - $300,000
Shelby county, Alabama for wastewater infrastructure improvements - $900,000
Sardis City, Alabama for sewer infrastructure improvements - $350,000
Citronelle, Alabama South Alabama Utilities for water infrastructure improvements - $1 million
Jackson, Alabama for the construction of a water treatment facility - $500,000
Fulton, Alabama for wastewater infrastructure improvements - $250,000
Mobile County Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority for construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities - $500,000
Brewton, Alabama for drainage infrastructure improvements - $750,000
Huntsville, Alabama for water system improvements - $1 million
Harselle Utilities for wastewater infrastructure in the City - $1 million
Tuscumbia, Alabama for drinking water improvements - $1 million
Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority for drinking water improvements - $500,000
West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority for drinking water improvements - $500,000
Luverne, Alabama for water and wastewater facilities improvements - $115,000
Clay County, Alabama Water Authority for water and wastewater facilities improvements - $485,000