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Dawson County Awarded $750K In CDBG Funds For New Senior Center

Dawson County on August 24 learned that it is among 60 Georgia communities that will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. Dawson County will receive $750,000 to be used for its new senior center.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Dawson County Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett, back row second from left, celebrates with clients of the Margie Weaver Senior Center upon learning of the county’s $750,000 CDBG award.
Dawson County Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett said, “We are very excited about hearing that Dawson County is a recipient of a 2018 Community Development Block Grant. Over a year ago we were blessed with a donation to our program by Mrs. Betty Ann Bagley on behalf of the Ivey Trust. This donation led us to a dream of building a new senior center for our current clients, and the future clients we will be blessed to serve. We have outgrown our current facility due to increases in all programs and activities.”

The new building will be built next to the Margie Weaver Senior Center. 

“Our plan is to utilize both buildings to serve the needs of our clients,” said Pruett. “We started the process to build a new facility in 2017 and applied for the grant with assistance from the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission in 2018. I would like to thank our clients, staff, elected officials and the community for the letters of support when applying for the grant. This, along with the donation from the Ivey family, played a major role I’m sure in receiving this award. We will be accepting the grant in October and plan to break ground for our new facility in 2019.

“It was with great excitement today to tell our senior clients who were at the Margie Weaver Senior Center that we received the news on the grant,” added Pruett. “We have been waiting patiently over the last month to hear the news we heard today.”

Gov. Nathan Deal said, “Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state. The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business.”

Of this year’s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects, such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.

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