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Another grant headed Grandview's way

GRANDVIEW - Maybe they should change the name of this Lower Valley town to Grantview, as recently the city of Grandview garnered a nearly $1 million federal grant.

The $975,000 Community Development Block Grant was announced last week,

Grandview will use the money for street, sidewalk, water and wastewater improvements for Adams, Birch and Washington streets.

The award comes on the heels of a $5 million downtown renovation largely paid for with grants, as well as a new community center that benefited from grant funds.

Norm Childress is Grandview's mayor, and he said planning ahead is the city's key to grant success.

"Whenever we apply for a grant we're very thorough and have all our ducks in a row. We have the project ready to build," Childress said. "The agencies understand that and know we have all our preliminary work done."

Last week's grant announcement by the Department of Commerce was part of $13 million awarded for rural Washington state community projects

All told, 18 cities and counties throughout the state will receive funds from the Community Development Block Grant program, which targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas.

The selected projects range from improving rural community water, sewer and street systems to constructing housing, fire protection and social services facilities.

Grandview and the 17 other grant recipients were selected from among 43 grant applications requesting over $31 million.

"These funds will improve necessary infrastructure systems and build local capacity for economic development," said Washington State Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed. "The infusion of dollars into these rural communities will help bolster them through this economic recession."

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