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City of Muncie Launches Educational Program Before Attacking Blight

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—It was an attractive home, nestled between two expansive oak trees. Tiny wind chimes tinkled every so often from the front porch, announcing their presence. The grass was freshly cut, yet the sidewalk and street showed no evidence of trimmings. It was a home someone loved—a home to be proud of. The home next door was quite a different story. Grass and weeds stood over a foot tall. Cigarette butts covered the sidewalk. Trash dumpsters were…

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Delaware County, Local Communities Eligible for Pandemic Relief Funds

By: Lydia Kirschner, Indiana House Republicans Press Secretary— STATEHOUSE– Delaware County and local communities are eligible for more than $6.5 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to local lawmakers. “Communities across our state are incurring unexpected expenses to fight this virus,” said State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero). “This funding provides an opportunity to recoup some money spent on resources that are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect Hoosiers’ health.” Cook said Indiana…


Eaton to Receive $2.8 Million Grant for Water Infrastructure Improvements

By: U.S. Congressman Greg Pence Press Office— Washington, DC –U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Department is investing $281 million in 106 projects nationwide through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Town of Eaton will receive over $2.8 million in grant funding from this program to bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to the 1,805 residents of Eaton in Delaware County. “Investing in our rural communities strengthens our entire…


U.S. Senator Todd Young Highlights Indiana Paycheck Protection Program Success Stories

By: Senator Todd Young Press Office— Washington– U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) recently spoke about the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted several Paycheck Protection Program success stories in Indiana. To date, Indiana has received nearly $10 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans. “Over the last six weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to connect to roughly 22,000 Hoosiers. This of course is an anxious time, this is a time when people want their public officials to be accessible,…


Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund Board Creates COVID-19 Relief Loans for Local Small Businesses 

By: City of Muncie— Muncie, IN- The Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund Board has created the “COVID-19 Relief Loan for Small Business.” This loan is designed to provide aid to local small businesses who have felt the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. The board has made $150,000 of City funds available, which it will spread across 20 businesses. This allows for $7,500 to be allotted to each of those 20 businesses. The loan is non-forgivable, and will need to…


Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Announces ‘Back On Track Indiana’ Plan

By: Governor Eric Holcomb— Indianapolis, IN—On Friday I announced the #BackOnTrack Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing. Across Indiana, we have witnessed a spirit of cooperation and caring for others that has touched my heart. May this spirit of appreciation for one another carry on long after the scourge of #COVID19 is behind us. Hoosiers have done this together and together we will come out a stronger Indiana. I have…


U.S. Department of Labor Announces All 50 States Are Paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits

By: U.S. Department of Labor Press Office— WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. FPUC is authorized under Section 2104 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 116-136), and provides an additional $600 weekly payment to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits. “I…


U.S. Congressman Greg Pence Announces $69k Grant for Muncie-Delaware County Airport

By: Press Office of Greg Pence— Columbus, IN – U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) today announced $348,000 in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants from the Department of Transportation. The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, allocated AIP grants totaling $9.1 billion of the $10 billion provided for airports in the Act. “The CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump, includes critical support for our airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am in…


FCC Chairman Thanks America’s Broadcasters for Response to Pandemic

By: Will Wiquist— Washington DC—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai thanked radio and television broadcasters for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus outbreak, including running public service announcements on social distancing, airing educational programming to help with distance learning, expanding COVID-19 reporting, and holding fundraisers to help those who have faced financial hardship due to the virus. “As always, in times of emergency, broadcasters are stepping up to serve their communities and help keep people informed, healthy, and safe,” said…


U.S. Department of Labor Provides Additional Guidance for FFCRA Act

By: U.S. Department of Labor— WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect April 1, 2020. The guidance includes a comprehensive webinar explaining which employers are covered by the new law, which workers are eligible, and what benefits and protections the law…