Governor Bentley awards $2.2 million dollars in grants to Northeast Alabama

RAINSVILLE, Ala. - Over $2.2 million dollars in community development block grants are coming to cities in Jackson and Dekalb County.  Governor Bentley says the money is critical to community improvements.

"These grants are really the life blood of rural Alabama," says Governor Bentley.  "They are federal dollars but they have to be matched by state dollars. You have to have good grant writers and you have to have real reasons to get it."

The grant contributes to projects like water lines, sewer lines, drainage and street rehabilitation.  Some of these projects wouldn't get done without these federal dollars.

"There's so many places in the state that really need help in rural parts of Alabama and this area is no different."

Governor Bentley says this is also a great time to visit this part of Alabama and meet all of the people who are responsible for its well-being.

"I do enjoy getting out because it gives me a chance to get out and visit with the mayors and the people in this area. Today we were just concentrating on this area. Next week we'll be doing others."