PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2017

Goal of program to stimulate public project of economic, transportation, social and governmental importance to local municipalities

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced that applications have been sent out to all 21 municipalities in the County announcing the 2017 Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid grant program, designed to stimulate the development of projects of economic, social, transportation and governmental importance to local municipalities.

The matching grant initiative will make available a total of $1.5 million to Union County’s 21 municipalities to assist them in accomplishing tasks undertaken in calendar year 2017. The funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital.

“Our goal is to provide an economic boost to our municipalities in an area where State and Federal assistance has been receding in recent years,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “At the same time, this will stimulate some development and much needed transportation projects while providing an important boost to municipal efforts.”

The Infrastructure program was developed as an initiative of Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak in 2014.
“The end result will be quality of life improvements that continue to make Union County one of the highest-rated places to live in the nation,” said Freeholder Hudak.

  1. Some examples of projects eligible for this grant are:
  2. Road Work, including pothole repair and structural enhancements
  3. Downtown Development Projects
  4. Economic Development Plans
  5. Large and small scale construction projects
  6. Community Enhancement projects
  7. Master Plans/Feasibility Studies/Transportation Plans
  8. Child Care/Senior Care Infrastructure Projects

Each of the twenty-one municipalities may apply for one or more projects. Projects must be current initiatives, and all funding awarded must be expended by December 31, 2017 . Applications are due by April 1st.

Municipalities receiving the application and who have questions should contact Kathy Addessa, the Department of Economic Development at 908-527-4087

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