Here is a review of some of Governor Cooper’s work last week:
On Tuesday last week, Governor Cooper announced that communities across the state will get $127 million for 96 drinking water and wastewater projects. The grants will help update aging infrastructure, prepare water facilities for future storms, and create new drinking and wastewater systems.
“These funds will help communities improve their water and sewer systems to ensure clean drinking water, support good jobs, and be better able to withstand future storms,” -Gov. Cooper.
Governor Cooper’s proposed Invest NC Bond would further strengthen water infrastructure by providing $800 million to local water and sewer projects, with voters’ approval. It is estimated that North Carolina needs over $17 billion in upgrades to water infrastructure statewide.
You can read more about the announcement HERE.
On Thursday, Gov. Cooper announced that communities working to recover from Hurricane Florence have been awarded more than $16.5 million in grants and no-interest loans. This brings to $24.5 million the total provided through a program to assist local governments that are struggling financially due to storm impacts. Additional grants are available to help towns, cities and counties hit hard by Florence.
“Communities are working hard to rebuild and many need financial help to get through this difficult time,” Gov. Cooper said. “These funds are available to towns, cities and counties so they can continue to meet the needs of their residents as they recover from Hurricane Florence.”
The grants and loans are available to local governments through the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR). To learn more or apply, visit rebuild.nc.gov/available-