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Delaney Applauds Federal Grant for Road Improvements in Cumberland

January 11th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the City of Cumberland a $250,000 grant to conduct planning, engineering and design for road improvements on Baltimore Street and surrounding roads in Cumberland. The grant will be matched by investment from the City and is estimated to support 50 local jobs.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) applauds this federal support for economic development in Cumberland and is a strong supporter of ARC in the House of Representatives. Congressman Delaney has repeatedly opposed measures to defund ARC and is the author of bipartisan legislation that would create a new infrastructure fund to support local infrastructure projects.

“This ARC grant is all about jobs and economic development; it’s good for Cumberland and is another step in downtown revitalization,” said Congressman Delaney. “This is a partnership between the City and the federal government, and I commend Mayor Grim and all city officials for stepping up and getting this done. Projects like this are why I’m fighting hard for a new infrastructure program in Congress and why I’ve called for more federal support for Western Maryland and Appalachia.”

The Appalachian Regional Commission was established by Congress in 1965 as a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership between federal, state and local governments. Allegany, Garrett and Washington County are designated ARC counties. 

Congressman Delaney’s Partnership to Build America Act and Infrastructure 2.0 Act would each create a new American Infrastructure Fund. State, county and city governments would be able to apply directly to the American Infrastructure Fund for support for local projects.

The Maryland State Highway Administration will administer the project and the Federal Highway Administration will serve as the federal agency for the project. 

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