Monday, June 30, 2008
$8.2 million of the first funds available from the Meadows Casino in Washington County has been doled out. The Department of Community and Economic Development has slated the money for 26 projects within the county. DCED spokesman Kevin Ortiz says the revenue from the casino, some of which is required by Act 71 to be reinvested into the community, will go toward revitalization efforts and projects that will have a long-lasting impact. A Washington County review committee evaluated proposals and chose which projects would receive the grants. The appropriations fell into the four categories of economic development, job training, community improvement, and public interest, including $1.3 million set aside to improve infrastructure.