Governor Holcomb gives checks to communities to improve infrastructure

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Berne, Indiana Friday to pass out checks to local communities to improve their infrastructure.

Posted: Nov 16, 2018 6:20 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2018 8:55 AM

BERNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Berne, Indiana Friday to pass out checks to local communities to improve their infrastructure. 

It's all a part of the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program. 

"We are handing out $100 million to 283 communities across the state," said Nicole Thomas with the Fort Wayne District of INDOT. 

The governor talked about his plan to continue partnering with community leaders. 

"We've listened to local communities, local leaders, councilmen, commissioners, mayors, say, 'You know what, if you just did this, it would be even better,'" Governor Holcomb said. 

Communities including Grabill, Monroe, and Berne were given money based off of an application process. Here in Allen County we were given one million dollars. 

"This is a wildly popular and successful community crossing program, and we just love seeing big projects and small projects come together and be realized," Governor Holcomb said. 

Funds from the state are matched based on population, but Holcomb said he's looking to invest in communities of all sizes. 

"We're seeking to say, 'We're not going to fly over or drive by anywhere. We want to invest in the community, the quality of place. And that will lead to an investment in the quality of life,'" he said. 

Since the program launched in 2016, the state has awarded $300 million, and Governor Holcomb said they're just getting started. 

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