Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) held a press conferenceÂ to announce over $10 million in federal funding for 19 projects throughout her Congressional District. Funding for the projects was included in the fiscal year 2009 omnibus appropriations legislation passed by the United States Congress and recently signed into law by President Obama. Congresswoman Waters was joined by community leaders from throughout the 35th Congressional District at the event held at Lawndale City Hall.
Congresswoman Waters released the following statement:
"I am proud to announce that I have secured over $10 million dollars for projects in my Congressional district in the appropriations process for fiscal year 2009. In this time of economic hardship, I know how it is important it is to invest in our communities, and this funding will go a long way for the citizens of the 35th district. The project awards include funding for our community's education system, our small businesses, our infrastructure and our environment. I have worked for many months with the community leaders here today from Inglewood, Lawndale, Gardena, Hawthorne, and Los Angeles to make sure funding was directed to where it was needed the most.
"I worked with leaders in Congress to make sure that the highest level of scrutiny was given to each project funded this year, and I am confident that this money will be put to good use in our community. I am pleased with the progress we are making in improving the lives of our residents, and I will continue to work to ensure that we have all possible resources available to do so."
The list of funded projects and the amount of funding they have received follows.
Project Awards: $10,053,041 for the 35th District of California
Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation, The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program: $238,000
Los Angeles Southwest College, Nursing Program Technology and Capacity Building: $285,000
South Bay Workforce Investment Board, The Bridge-to-Work Program: $95,000
Alzheimer's Association, Caregiver Education & Outreach and Public Awareness Campaign: $190,000
Community Build, Inc., Gang Prevention and Community Safety Project: $150,000
City of Refuge Economic Development Corporation, AOH Re-Entry Employment Project: $70,000
City of Gardena, Gardena Public Safety Surveillance: $380,000
City of Inglewood, Inglewood City Voice Radio Interoperable Communication Infrastructure Upgrade: $500,000
City of Lawndale, Design and Construction of a Community Center: $475,000
City of Gardena, Economic Development/Revitalization of the Rosecrans Corridor: $190,000
Municipal Transit Operators Coalition, Clean Fuel Purchase and Facility Improvements: $475,000
Los Angeles Southwest College, LA Southwest College Western Transit Center: $712,000
Marvin Engineering, Internally Transported Vehicle: $1,600,000
Loyola Marymount University, Rapid Prototyping and Nanotechnology Initiative: $800,000
City of Inglewood, Water System Reliability Project: $143,000
West Basin Municipal Water District, Harbor/South Bay Water Recycling Project: $2,871,000
City of Lawndale, Firmona Avenue Storm Drain Construction: $350,000
City of Inglewood, Business Development Program: $430,757
First Community Development Corporation, Business Skills Development Program: $98,257