Infrastructure for a new city-owned business park in Lawrenceville projected to create 198 jobs is receiving a huge boost from funding announced Monday afternoon by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19). Shimkus revealed that almost $1.8 million has been approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) for work on a project that is expected to generate $4.7 million in private investment.
"This federal funding is especially welcome as Lawrenceville and surrounding areas continue to recover from the severe flooding in 2008," Shimkus said. "I want to congratulate Mayor Brian Straub and also Sarah Mann of the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission (GWRPC) for work on the application that made this Disaster Recovery Project a reality." The grant is for $1,776,846 of the total cost of $2,369,128 for constructing water, sewer and roadway infrastructure.