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10 community projects on track for federal funding

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Tuesday that 10 of the community projects she submitted for consideration by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee were recommended for federal funding in fiscal year 2023.

“This year, the projects are very varied and involve multiple sectors, meeting the needs of various communities, from the construction of facilities to promote research in university institutions, granting more funds for infrastructure repairs, addressing the lack of housing, strengthening the security of municipalities, and increasing the capacity of municipalities to offer services to the community, among other things,” the resident commissioner said in a written statement. “It is a great achievement for the reconstruction and economic development of the island, and I will continue advocating for them until their final approval.”

The Appropriations Committee approved the bills last week, and now they go to the full House and Senate for final approval.

Selected projects:

* $7.5 million: Construction of the Aerospace Institute for Research (AIR) – at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez.

* $3 million: Reconstruction of part of highway PR-181 in Gurabo – 10 miles (16.4 kilometers) in total.

* $3 million: Completion of PR-122 between the municipalities of Lajas and San Germán – awarded to the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority for the design, plans and construction of the Ángel Castro Pérez Avenue extension.

* $2 million: Construction of a Community Services Center where the Hogar Ruth organization can offer its aid programs to female victims of violence and their families.

* $2 million: Construction of the Resilient Camuy Municipal Community Center, which would offer social and educational services, and will house municipal police offices, among other offices to serve the community.

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