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Five Communities Join Dane County’s Community Development Block Grant Program

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Sharyn Wisniewski 267-8823

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/5/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson announced today that five new communities have been approved to join the Dane County Urban County Consortium for federal Community Development Block Grand (CDBG) funds.

Participating in the program allows federal dollars to be spent in the communities on such activities as downtown revitalization, community planning, senior centers, transportation assistance, downpayment assistance for first-time homebuyers and housing rehabilitation for homeowners.

The addition of the five communities expands the number of municipalities participating in the program from 43 to 48 and adds an additional population base of over 16,000 residents. With the addition of these five, 87% of the County’s eligible population (outside the City of Madison) now participates in the program.

Having more communities participate is expected to increase Dane County’s allocation from its current $1.2 million to $1.4 million in 2002. The new communities, which will be able to access the funding on January 1, 2002, are:

· Village of Waunakee (8,995)
· Village of Marshall (3,432)
· Village of Deerfield (1,971)
· Village of Cambridge (1,101), and
· Village of Blue Mounds (708)

“The CDBG Program makes it possible for communities to enhance their downtowns as great places to live, work and play. It also opens the door for more working families to realize the dream of home ownership,” said Falk. “The popularity of the CDBG program is a tribute to the CDBG Commission, staff and the good results achieved by the participating communities,” said Falk.

“I am very pleased that these additional communities saw the benefits of participating in the CDBG program and decided to join,” said Kesterson, who serves on the CDBG Commission. “The program adds additional benefits to the communities and enhances the quality of life for the residents.”

The County’s CDBG program, a partnership between the county and the participating communities, began in 1999.
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