09.26.08

Burr Announces $1 Million Grant Awarded to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Money will be used for wastewater system improvements

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are the recipients of a $1 million federal grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The funds will be used to help fund improvements to the wastewater system on the Eastern Band's reservation in Cherokee and Swain Counties.

"By receiving this grant, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee will have tremendous help in improving their wastewater system to benefit residents and businesses. They should feel proud of the work they've done to secure these funds," Burr said.

These funds will allow for the replacement and extension of sewer lines to accommodate the expansion of residential and business development on the reservation. The Economic Development Administration estimates that this project will create 140 jobs and will leverage $93.2 million in private investment.