Biden-harris Administration Awards $21.15 Million Through New Thriving Communities Program to Help 64 Communities Better Access Federal Funding

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Apr 13, 2023
Eric Brown

Jackson, MS – April 18, 2023, – On Friday, April 7, 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced funding through the Thriving Communities Program to help 64 communities across the country have an equal opportunity to access historic funding provided by the President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Selected communities will be grouped into four "Communities of Practice" identified by USDOT based on their unique technical assistance needs.

"The historic investments we are making in America’s infrastructure must reach the communities that need them the most,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With the new Thriving Communities program, we are helping under-resourced communities’ better access federal funding for transportation projects that will create jobs, improve safety, and strengthen their economies.” Hinds County is 64 out 300 applicants in the country to be selected to participate in the program and receive funding to help technical assistance services.

Hinds County was chosen to participate as part of the “Complete Neighborhoods” cohort. The application and implementation will be a joint venture between Hinds County, the City of Jackson, and the Hinds County Economic Development Authority. The project will focus on urban and suburban communities located within Metropolitan Planning Organization planning areas working to better advance complete streets policies and coordinate transportation with land use, housing, and economic development. The target areas will be portions of South and West Jackson.

“Hinds County Board of Supervisors, our Capitol City of Jackson, and the Hinds County Economic Development Authority are relentlessly exploring funding opportunities to improve Hinds County. Our citizens are resilient and deserving of equal opportunities that will provide them access to jobs, a safer county, and economic development. As the Hinds County Supervisor of District 4 and the current Board President, our mission is to make Hinds County a proud place to live, work, learn, and play. With the assistance of the Thriving Communities Program, community stakeholders, and our pioneering advancement plans we have projected for the County; we are on the mission to move Hinds County forward for all. Therefore, we are ecstatic about the new Thriving Communities Program for Hinds County.” 

– President Vern O. Gavin, Hinds County Supervisor of District 4

If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact the Hinds County Economic Development Authority @601-353-6056.

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