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CORONAVIRUS: City Commissioners approve application for funding through department of commerce CDBG program Featured

CORONAVIRUS: City Commissioners approve application for funding through department of commerce CDBG program KVOE News File Photo

The city of Emporia is seeking additional funding through the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist the local business community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month Governor Laura Kelly announced the state would be making more than $9 million in additional CDBG grant funds available thanks to allocations from the federal CARES Act. The new program is known as the CDBG Coronavirus Response Supplemental program.

During a special action session Friday morning, city commissioners approved the signing and submission of an application for the program. The program is split into two sections, economic development and meal programs.

City's and counties are able to apply for up to $300,00 for economic development grants and $100,000 for meal programs and city manager Mark McAnarney says they will be seeking the maximum for both. McAnarney says if the city is approved for the additional funding a process will be developed in order to evenly disperse the funds amongst the local business community.

 

McAnarney says he is unsure just how far the $300,000 can stretch amongst the local business community, however, the city will "make it stretch as far as it can."

 

The application will be submitted to the state at 12:01 am Saturday. The city commission will reconvene for a study session at 10 am Wednesday followed by a special action session at 11:30 am.

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