Community Project Funding
Community project funding provides federal support for initiatives that will provide a direct benefit to local governments and non-profit organizations. All funding follows strict guidelines for inclusion in federal appropriations legislation.
The Rules of the House of Representatives require each Member to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in any community project funding requests. Congressman Comer’s certification letters, background information, and letters of support from local and state elected leaders for each project are below.
Fiscal Year 2023 Projects
Project Name: Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville Expansion of Behavioral Health Services
Project Recipient: Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, Inc.
Address of the Recipient: 900 Hospital Drive Madisonville, KY 42431
Amount Requested: $515,000
Project summary: This project will provide furnishings and medical equipment to support the addition of behavioral health services at Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville as part of a renovation of 14,600 square feet of the hospital’s sixth floor. Space will accommodate inpatient psychiatric care and a new outpatient behavioral health unit to meet the needs in the Purchase Area Development District (ADD). Behavioral health needs impact residents and systems across the community and behavioral health resources are severely limited. The addition of outpatient behavioral health service is a critical component of addressing unmet mental health/substance use treatment disorder needs in the hospital's service area.
Project Name: Campbellsville University Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project
Project Recipient: Campbellsville University
Address of Recipient: 1 University Drive Campbellsville, KY 42718
Amount Requested: $950,000
Project Summary: Campbellsville University (CU) is implementing an upgrade to their Campus Administrative Enterprise Resource Planning system. Their 22-year-old system is a hindrance to daily operations due to its reliance on manual processes and inability to provide accessible data necessary to make informed decisions. Rapid enrollment growth, local and global expansion and inclusion of more than 80 available courses of study have contributed to CU's growth, which has outpaced the dated system. This update will provide a seamless user experience for all stakeholders at a reduced technology cost.
Project Name: Henderson Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center Lab Capacity Expansion
Project Recipient: Henderson Community College
Address of the Recipient: 2660 S. Green Street Henderson, KY 42420
Amount Requested: $650,000
Project summary: This project will double capacity of Henderson Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center Lab to meet the demands of local manufacturers and increase the skilled talent pipeline. Labs include Amatrol trainers, specializing in PLCs, motor controls, electrical and mechanical (fluid power-hydraulics/pneumatics), explicitly valued by local industry partners. Funds also will allow for an 8-workstation Universal Robotics lab. The lab supports three functions: Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) program, HCCFAME (apprenticeship work/learn program), and customized industry training upgrading skills of existing employees using KCTCS-TRAINS funding. This funding will supplement additional matching dollars of $500,000 committed by the Henderson County Fiscal Court for workforce development.
Project Name: Lebanon Water Works Company Tank Project
Project Recipient: Lebanon Water Works Company
Address of the Recipient: 120 S Proctor Knott Avenue Lebanon, KY 40033
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Project Summary: The Lebanon Water Works Company (a subsidiary of the City of Lebanon) is proposing to construct a new water storage tank and a new main transmission line between the new tank and east side of town. The storage tank will be located along Calvary Road north of the water treatment plant. It will replace two undersized storage tanks. The larger elevated tank with a 2 million-gallon capacity is necessary to provide sufficient storage and pressure to Lebanon's existing customer base and to account for a growing industrial base, including a high-volume distillery currently under construction, which will require increased capacity. The new transmission main will enable more water volume and pressure to flow to the northeast and west sides of town, serving existing industries and an industrial park.
Project Name: Monroe County Medical Center Rural Health Services and Education Center of Excellence
Project Recipient: Monroe County Medical Center
Address of the Recipient: 529 Capp Harlan Road Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Amount Requested: $750,000
Project Summary: Monroe County Medical Center and Campbellsville University are initiating a project that will culminate in the construction and establishment of the Monroe County Medical Center – Campbellsville University Rural Health Services and Education Center of Excellence. The Center will provide new or expanded healthcare services focused on rural health issues as well as new educational and workforce training programs and classrooms that are focused on training or certifying new healthcare professionals and providers. The requested funds will allow the project to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study that will identify and prioritize new or expanded healthcare services that will benefit the region along with identifying those healthcare professionals needed the most throughout rural Kentucky and central Appalachia. That information would then be utilized to develop a program budget and the preliminary architectural and engineering plans.
Project Name: Murray-Calloway County Training Center
Project Recipient: Murray-Calloway Industrial Authority
Address of the Recipient: 110 North 16th Street Suite 110 Murray, KY 42071
Amount Requested: $1,100,000
Project summary: The Murray-Calloway Industrial Authority would construct a facility to offer regional workforce certification in needed industries, including plumbing, construction, electrical, and HVAC. Large employers can utilize the space to host their own classes and work with the West Kentucky Workforce Board to provide scholarships to cover the cost of certification and classes.
Project Name: Sidewalk Construction along Berger Road (Hwy 1310) in Paducah, KY
Project Recipient: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways District 1 Office
Address of the Recipient: 5501 Kentucky Dam Road Paducah, KY 42003
Amount Requested: $300,000
Project summary: The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center (MHDCC) is the state designated domestic violence victim services provider for 8 counties in Western Kentucky. Services include a 24-hour, 36 bed shelter and emergency services, nonresidential client services, case management and advocacy located on Berger Road. Victims of domestic violence face many barriers to recovery including homelessness, transportation, safety, and food insecurity. Safe access to transportation, supplies, and employment is one of the first steps to empowering them to recover and thrive. Berger Road is the only way to access public transportation. While the distance to reach the bus stop is not long, the safety of traveling a narrow road with no sidewalks and inadequate sight distance for drivers poses many risks. In addition, some have children, infants, or strollers. This project would improve pedestrian access along Berger Road in McCracken County, Kentucky by constructing a sidewalk to ensure safe access to MHDCC for pedestrians and increase roadway safety.
Project Name: United Way of the Coalfield Economic Recovery Project
Project Recipient: United Way of the Coalfield
Address of the Recipient: 1 South Main Street Madisonville, KY 42431
Amount Requested: $6,195,000
Project summary: The funding would be used to design and construct two childcare centers – one in Hopkins County and one in Muhlenberg County to support economic development, promote the well-being of young children, and decrease barriers to employment in the region.
Project Name: Webster County Hwy 670 Economic Development Project
Project Recipient: Webster County Fiscal Court
Address of the Recipient: 25 US 41-A South Dixon, KY 42409-0155
Amount Requested: $2,142,746