Nelson County receives funds to improve broadband service
Nelson County has received a $200,000 grant to improve broadband service.
The money, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), will allow the county to construct about 8 miles of fiber along the Route 151 corridor in Nelson, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office.
The goal of the project is to increase broadband availability and improve connectivity to businesses. The project is expected to create 20 jobs.
Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Virginia receives up to $17 million annually for this program.
The CDBG program is a flexible tool for community improvement in Virginia.
Grants can address a wide range of needs, from infrastructure for new or expanding industries, new or improved water and sewer systems in rural areas, rehabilitation of housing in declining neighborhoods, revitalization of commercial districts, support to small businesses and support of facilities for a variety of needed critical community services.