Downtown Henderson to receive $75,000 grant

Washington, D.C. -— U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) today announced that the Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission, has been awarded a $75,000 grant through The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The funds will be used to begin work on downtown building improvements, facade repairs, enhancement of interior areas, and general revitalization and preservation of the “Historic Downtown”.

“In order to enrich our local communities with better services and better futures we must have a solid preserved infrastructure from which to work from and build upon,” Etheridge said. “This grant will play an exciting part in the renewal and revitalization of downtown Henderson.”

“We are happy to receive this award to improve our downtown,” said Jason Stewardson, Downtown Development Board Chairman . “This grant will also help us expand a loan pool for start-up businesses and downtown merchants who want to do improvements for their businesses.”

The Downtown Development Commission works to preserve, develop and promote Downtown Henderson. It is a not-for-profit, volunteer commission whose activities and programs are designed to enhance the economic and cultural vitality of Henderson’s Historic Central Business District.

ARRA is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. The Act includes federal tax relief, expansion of unemployment benefits, domestic spending in education, health care, and infrastructure, including the energy sector.