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Albany to receive millions in federal money

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Federal money will soon pour into Albany. The city hired a lobbyist to work in Washington to push for money for Albany projects.

Tuesday night, city commissioners got a progress report. Commissioners did hear lots of good news.  The city secured $35-million in stimulus funding. They also expect to secure $3.25 million in federal appropriations for Albany.

$1.5 million is for multi-modal transportation needs including $800,000 for the Highway 133 project. There was concern from Albany Mayor Willie Adams.  They'll get $450,000 for an industrial park on Highway 82 but they weren't able to get approved funding for a state of the art senior center.

"That kind of personally made me feel a little down because I think if we're going to market ourselves as a retirement community, we certainly have to have a state of the art senior center. And I see nothing wrong with having an industrial park, but I just see it sitting there with nothing being done," said Adams.

Lobbyists and city commissioners were also disappointed that they weren't able to secure funding for wastewater and sewage improvements in the city. That was a priority for commissioners. That could be included in lobbying plans for next year but the lobbyists say there will be a serious challenge ahead with cities getting money. They say there will be fewer earmarks in the future and things will continue to be tight.

Lobbyists also say local governments increase their chances of getting money by partnering on projects. City leaders say they plan to work on that.

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