GRADD's Community & Economic Development team works with local governments, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help build strong communities. We provide assistance in the following areas:
The GRADD CED department administers several grant and loan programs to help create and foster economic development within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster Counties. Among these are Community Development Block Grants, the Revolving Loan Fund, and the Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund. CED staff also works closely with the boards of the Green River Economic Development Corporation and the district’s two regional industrial parks, Bluegrass Crossings Business Centre (serving Ohio, Daviess, McLean, Hancock, and Muhlenberg Counties) and 4 Star Industrial Park (serving Henderson, Webster, McLean, and Union Counties).
GRADD is helping to build strong communities through projects that have social, as well as economic benefits. Numerous Community Development Block Grants and other federal and state grants have helped fund everything from improved drinking water to senior citizens centers. Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) grants help our cities and counties recover following severe storms and other environmental disasters. GRADD helps administer programs to improve housing within our district. We offer support to the Green River Housing Corporation, which funds programs to help low-to-moderate income individuals. GRADD can also help coordinate Repair Affairs, which are one-day repair blitzes where volunteers make repairs for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners.
Local Government Assistance
GRADD offers public administration services to communities within our region. We are an extension of the staff of local city and county governments and are available for a wide variety of technical assistance. GRADD can help your community with questions on state statute compliance, administrative issues, available funding sources, and legislative tracking. We assist with the Area Development Fund, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Recreational Trails grant programs, as well as grants for public protection, historic preservation, and resource conservation and development.
Infrastructure Planning (Utilities)
GRADD offers assistance in many types of infrastructure development. We work with community water and wastewater departments in water and stormwater management and solid waste planning, also providing support to the GRADD Water Management Council. Additional services include planning/zoning and comprehensive plan assistance.
The GRADD GIS/GPS team offers the most cutting-edge mapping technologies in the region. From Global Positioning System data collection to the most up-to-date Geographic Information Systems maps, GRADD is literally putting our local communities “on the map.”