Multi-million dollar grant moves Letcher Co. prison project forward

Monday, October 22, 2018

300 jobs are expected to be created from the new federal prison coming to Letcher County.

It is a project county and state officials say they have been working on for more than 10 years.

One of the major hurdles facing the new facility is building water and sewer infrastructure.

County officials say without that in place, construction cannot begin on the prison.

In an announcement made last week at the SOAR Summit, US Rep. Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin announced million of dollars in grant money for the prison's water infrastructure project.

The $4.5 million grant comes from the Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants.

One man who has worked for years on this project says these funds will help make the prison a reality. He says without the money for the water infrastructure, the project could have been delayed.

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