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Hartselle awarded $300,000 grant for new jobs, commerce

HARTSELLE — The city of Hartselle has received a $300,000 Community Block Grant, Gov. Kay Ivey announced. The federal matching grant will help provide jobs, increase commerce and provide infrastructure. The city is supplying a local match of $205,235 for the improvements.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The Community Development Block Grant program assists local governments with funds for projects that will benefit communities and provide jobs,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to award this grant to benefit the city of Hartselle.”

In the works is a Mapco Express off Alabama 36, adjacent to I-65. The combination gas station and convenience store will employ 40 people.

CDBG funds will be used to extend Uncle Hershel Way into a full loop that connects with Lando Cain Road. Uncle Hershel Way lies to the south of and runs parallel to Alabama 36. It will provide access to the Mapco Express and serves now as the entrance to a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

“Alabama’s northern section of Interstate 65 is growing rapidly with businesses to serve the ever-increasing number of travelers,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in support of this development which will increase commerce for the city of Hartselle and likely help propel future developments in that area.”

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