Jul 20 2006

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA AND WIREGRASS AREA

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects in South Alabama and Wiregrass area included in the fiscal year 2007 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved by the committee and will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

 “This bill provides funding for important projects across the state,” said Senator Shelby. “These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities throughout Alabama.”

 Mobile Waterfront Redevelopment–$1 million

Mobile has started work to redevelop its waterfront, which has attracted over $100 million in private investment. This year’s funding will complete essential elements of the project.

 “Mobile’s waterfront redevelopment has already attracted significant private investment to the area,” said Senator Shelby. “As more elements of the project are completed and the redevelopment is finalized, I am certain that the waterfront area will become an integral component in the Mobile economic engine.”

 Abbeville Downtown Enhancement - $500,000

“The City of Abbeville has made strong efforts to revitalize their downtown, hoping to spur economic development in the area,” said Senator Shelby. “This continued funding will allow Abbeville to build a multi-use park, which will serve as parking for the Courthouse, a venue for lecture series and concerts, and outdoor recreation.”

 Troy University Center for International Business and Economic Development – $500,000

“The Wiregrass area, which has seen little of Alabama’s overall economic growth, will gain a much-needed advocate for development in the area through the Troy University Center for International Business and Economic Development,” said Senator Shelby. “The Center will expand economic development activities in the Wiregrass and South Alabama by utilizing staff at Troy University’s international offices to promote the area to international corporations. The Wiregrass, with its many willing workers provides an ideal location for investment by international businesses.”

 Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging– $1 million

“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store, or to see family and friends,” said Senator Shelby. “The Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”

Delta Regional Transportation Development Program - $20 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased the bill includes $20 million for the Delta Region Transportation Development Program to provide federal funds for transportation infrastructure development projects in Delta Regional Authority designated counties. These funds will help facilitate multi-state transportation planning and corridor development for this impoverished area of the country. The link between transportation infrastructure and economic development is unmistakable. Establishing a transportation program specifically for the Delta Region is an integral step towards promoting economic development, raising the standard of living, and improving quality of life in this traditionally impoverished region.”

In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in SAFETEA-LU, the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill.

Mobile County Commission Bus Project - $119,000

 

 

 

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Mobile County Commission Bus Project to provide transportation alternatives to its citizens and visitors. I am pleased these funds were included in this legislation.”

Gulf Shores Community Bus Project - $238,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that we secured funds for this important bus project in Gulf Shores. These funds will provide an important transportation option for those that live, work and vacation in the Gulf Shores area.”

 Interstate 10 Connector - $4.25 million

Senator Shelby said, “The bill includes $4.25 million for the I-10 Connector. This funding will allow us to continue construction on this important project to connect the Dothan and Wiregrass area with Interstate 10 in Florida and will greatly improve access and traffic flow throughout southeastern Alabama.”

 Alabama State Docks - $4.760 million

 Senator Shelby said, “The Alabama State Docks have the potential to become one of America’s most economically viable ports in this century due to their proximity to emerging trade routes on the Gulf of Mexico. Continued funding is essential to modernize this important asset to our state by constructing an intermodal containerized freight terminal.”