Friday, Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, congratulated Jacksonville State University (JSU) for receiving an $18,117,223.83 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“I am so proud to see how resilient the University and community have been,” Congressman Rogers said in a statement. “My wife and I are JSU alumni and my youngest son is a student there currently. JSU is a special place to us and we were heartbroken after the tornadoes devasted the area. This funding will help JSU rebuild and continue its tradition of excellence. I am thrilled to see this funding coming to JSU and pleased to see that the federal government saw the critical need to invest in the University.”
According to FEMA, which administers the grant, the funding is authorized by Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the State. It is the State’s responsibility to ensure that the eligible sub-recipient receive this award.
Chief Government Relations Officer for JSU Don Killingsworth said, “We appreciate the efforts of Senator Shelby, Congressman Rogers and FEMA to get us where we are today in our recovery efforts. This grant allows us to continue our rebuilding of the JSU campus.”
Jacksonville and the Jacksonville State University campus were devastated by a tornado in March.
Rogers serves as a senior member on the House Homeland Security Committee in Congress.
Rep. Mike Rogers is seeking his ninth term representing Alabama’s Third Congressional District. He faces a challenge from former Miss America Mallory Hagan (D).
The general election is November 6.