Wiregrass stimulus meeting

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama's Chief Financial Officer Jim Main is touring the state meeting with local officials about the federal stimulus money.

Main was in Dothan tonight meeting with leaders from southeast Alabama.

City and county leaders from across the wiregrass had their meeting with state finance director Jim Main Wednesday, clearing up misconceptions about the federal stimulus package.

"We now know that there are other areas for money as well," said Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell.

Main told wiregrass officials Alabama received $3 billion in money; with another $500 million in grants; saying innovative ideas will help local officials stand out.

"Partner two or three agencies, partner a local area and an agency, our applications will stand out against say a city in Kansas or a county in Pennsylvania," explained Main.

Wiregrass officials say having a clearer picture of what money is available is going to help secure that funding for their biggest projects.

"I think this is information that we needed," says Earl Gilmore, chairman of the Barbour County Commission.

"Definitely in the wiregrass we need infrastructure projects," added Blackwell.

Needs that leaders hope could get underway soon.

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