ConnectGRADD Receives $16,559 from Area Development Fund

Press Release - 04/17/2018

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ConnectGRADD Receives $16,559 from Area Development Fund

Funding to Further Expand High-Speed Internet in GRADD Counties

FRANKFORT, KY (April 10, 2018) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced an Area Development Fund (ADF) Grant of $16,559.33 to ConnectGRADD for its base station deployment project.

“ConnectGRADD seeks to improve internet connectivity in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties,” Department for Local Government Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo said. “Increasing access to high-speed internet – particularly for residents of more rural areas – can be game-changing in terms of economic development, so we’re excited to be a part of this effort.”

The ConnectGRADD initiative launched in 2007 as a collaborative effort between the seven counties in the Green River Area Development District (GRADD). This grant will help fund the latest phase of the project, which includes the deployment of two high-speed base stations at pre-existing sites in each of the GRADD counties. These base stations will provide high-speed (6 mbps) internet service for residents.

“We appreciate the DLG’s involvement in this ongoing effort to expand access to broadband,” Sen. Joe Bowen said. “ConnectGRADD’s work has the potential to help the residents of the Green River Area Development District better connect with new opportunities, information and each other.”

“The expansion of high-speed internet throughout the Commonwealth has already helped create jobs for Kentuckians,” Rep. Robby Mills said. “ConnectGRADD is providing our region with technological infrastructure that will help us close the digital divide, and we’re grateful for the DLG’s help with this project.”

The ADF Grant program was established by the 1976 Kentucky General Assembly to fund projects that contribute to community or industrial development. For more information, visit