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August 30, 2019
Gov. Ivey announces grant to create jobs in Hamilton
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $150,000 grant to upgrade infrastructure that will help a national fueling station and convenience store company open a new location in Hamilton and create 40 full-time jobs.

The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the city of Hamilton will be used to widen Marion County Road 35 (Fulton Bridge Road) and upgrade a section of River Road Drive, providing a safer intersection around the Love’s Travel Stops and County Stores location that will be built at the site. The business will be adjacent to Interstate 22 at Exit 14 and have an Arby’s restaurant inside.

The ARC funding will be combined with a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by Gov. Ivey in May to complete the project.

“Since day one, job growth has been a main focus of my administration,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to see these ARC funds combine with the previous CDBG funding to help the city of Hamilton complete this project, and I look forward to it bringing economic growth to the area.”

The project includes widening 1,300 feet of Marion County Road 35 to include a center turn lane, a turn-out for semi-trailer truck access and a turn-out for automobile access on River Road Drive. Approximately 90 feet of storm drain pipe also will be replaced, and pavement striping and traffic control markers will be installed.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers both the ARC and CDBG programs in Alabama. The city has committed $256,593 toward the project, according to a letter from Mayor Bobby Page.

“The combination of ARC and CDBG funds enables communities to take on projects they otherwise could not afford,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I am pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and our federal and local partners to create economic opportunities for Alabama residents.”

The ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Thirty-seven counties in Alabama are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.

Gov. Ivey notified Mayor Page that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.


Contact: Josh Carples; Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/