Boyd secures funding for Gadsden projects

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By The Staff

Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has secured a total of $300,000 for two important projects in Gadsden County. Boyd included funding for these projects in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2009, which passed in the House of Representatives this week.

Boyd secured $200,000 to loop the north water main in Havana. Looping the north water main will provide increased water supply to rural areas, while also increasing the availability and pressure of the water in the current water main.

“Clean and safe drinking water is the lifeblood of a community, and this federal funding will help provide the people of Gadsden County with a more reliable water supply,” said Boyd. “Looping the north water main will improve the area’s water supply infrastructure and the quality of life for many area residents. I am pleased that I was able to address one of the community’s top priorities in this legislation.”

Boyd also secured $100,000 for the Criminal Justice Career Center Academy program at East Gadsden High School. This federal funding will be used to continue training students for careers in the criminal justice and law enforcement fields.

“It is imperative that we support programs that ensure our students will receive first-class education and training opportunities and help prepare them for the workforce,” Boyd said. “The Criminal Justice Career Center Academy program has a proven track record of success, and I am proud to work in Congress to support this important program.”

The Omnibus Appropriations bill will sustain government for the balance of the fiscal year, as outlined by the FY 2009 federal budget, and invest in federal initiatives that help strengthen our economy. The bill will now be considered by the Senate and upon passage will be sent to the president for his signature.