Local Communities Awarded Road-Funding Grants
Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Transportation recently awarded a combined $100 million to Indiana towns, cities and counties to improve their roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.
Through the program, INDOT matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 receive a 75/25 percent match, while counties with populations greater than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations greater than 10,000 receive a 50/50 percent match.
Below are the communities that were awarded grants in Senate District 5, along with the funds they received.
- LaPorte County: $636,590.82
- Porter County: $817,544.51
- Starke County: $454,002
- Valparaiso: $1,000,000
These grants are great news for our communities, as they will help make necessary improvements to some of our local roads and bridges. I am eager to see the positive impact they will have on these areas.
For more information on the grant program, click here.
LaPorte and Jasper Counties Awarded Funding for Water Quality Improvement Projects
The State Soil Conservation Board recently awarded more than $1 million to 32 Soil and Water Conservation Districts for projects designed to improve water quality across the state.
In Senate District 5, LaPorte County received $47,000 and Jasper County received $30,800.
While the projects vary by district need, some examples include promoting conservation and providing water-related education and training in the community.
Click here to learn more about the CWI program.
Hoosier Students Invited to Pitch Ideas in Statewide Competition
Applications are now opened for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition.
This competition gives Hoosier students the opportunity to create their own business plans and showcase entrepreneurial ideas throughout the state.
Student teams are invited to submit video pitches online before Feb. 6, 2019.
Additionally, middle school students are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019.
For more information, click here.