City of Campton Receives $635,367 in ARC Distressed Counties Funds

Press Release - 09/28/2018

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 28, 2018) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced $635,367 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Central Appalachia Distressed County Infrastructure funding for the City of Campton.

The grant funding will allow the city to replace a failing 100,000-gallon water storage tank in the City of Campton. The new tank will be able to store up to 200,000 gallons of water and remedy structural concerns associated with the current tank. In addition to the ARC funding, the state and local governments have invested $1.4 million and $22,217, respectively, in the project. The total expected cost is $2.1 million.

“This water storage tank is critical not only for residents of Wolfe County but also for the thousands of visitors that come to the area around Red River Gorge every year,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “It’s not uncommon for the area to experience water deficits during peak tourist season or periods of dark brown or black water due to structural deficiencies with the tank. This project stands to address those concerns and drastically improve water quality.”

The ARC Distressed Counties Program provides funds for designated counties to undertake projects that strengthen communities. Currently, 84 counties across eight states qualify for distressed county status based on per capita income and rates of poverty and unemployment. This includes 37 counties in Kentucky.

Funds are administered by DLG, an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit