Wednesday, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that it has awarded $2,800,000 to fund infrastructure improvements for the City of Brewton. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R), Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) made statement praising the grant award.
“As a result of this grant, the South Alabama region will have the opportunity to foster future growth and economic advancements,” said Senator Shelby. “I am proud that the City of Brewton is receiving the funding to support necessary water infrastructure improvements, which will enhance the local business community, increase economic diversification, and drive current and future investments.”
“Great news for Brewton! The U.S. Department of Commerce is awarding a $2.8 million grant to help improve infrastructure,” Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement. “The project is expected to create 300 jobs and spur $5.9 million in private investment. Thank you to President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration for their continued support of rural America. In order to thrive economically, our communities need safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure, and this grant will ensure that Brewton has the infrastructure necessary to attract and retain new industry.”
“As the President has said, countless towns and cities throughout the United States are in need of new and updated infrastructure,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Brewton’s water and sewer upgrades will aid the local commercial community, providing further growth and new jobs to the region.”
“I thank Secretary Ross and the Department of Commerce for making this grant possible,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R). “To the members of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission and the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission, thank you for your work in submitting this grant request and all you do to improve the infrastructure and increase economic development possibilities in your area. This grant will surely mean more jobs and more investments in our great state. We are committed to improving the lives of Alabamians and the receiving of this grant is a huge leap forward.”
The grant will fund the construction of new water and sewer facilities to serve the City of Brewton and outlying areas in the region. This will include the construction of water and sewer infrastructure that will adequately supply and benefit a new high tech business in the area. Additionally, it will upgrade and expand the existing services currently available to allow future growth and economic development.
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the applicant’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funding.
Brewton is the County seat of Escambia County.