Tuskegee Mayor to Follow President's Advice Thanks to $500,000 Grant

TUSKEGEE, Ala. - In April when President Bush joked about the Tuskegee's potholes, Mayor Johnny Ford hoped the lighthearted moment would mean some extra federal dollars.

Apparently his wish has come true.

Tuesday, Governor Bob Riley awarded the Macon County city a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to help pay for several repaving projects.

Bush visited Tuskegee University to discuss his administration's science and technology initiative.

He had joked about what was apparently a rough ride from the town's airfield to the university's campus and urged Ford to "fill the potholes."

Ford, in a statement Tuesday, thanked the governor and president for responding to the city's critical need.

He said Tuskegee will provide $50,000 in local funding.

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