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Commissioner Miller Awards More Than $480,000 to Cameron County For Infrastructure Improvements (12/15/2015)

AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has awarded $480,302 to Cameron County for critically needed infrastructure improvements through the Colonia Fund grant program. These grants are federally funded and administered through TDA’s Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program, which helps create viable communities, suitable living conditions and expanded economic opportunities in rural Texas. Cameron County plans to use these funds for sewer system improvements in the colonia of Las Palmas Mobile Home Estates Subdivision.

“Rural communities work hard to improve local infrastructure and provide a safe place for people to live, work and raise their families,” Commissioner Miller said. “Through Texas Community Development Block Grants, we can support our neighbors as they implement these critically needed public works projects. Together, the Texas Department of Agriculture and communities across the state are ensuring a bright future for rural Texas.”

In 2015, TDA awarded more than $5 million in Colonia Fund grant awards to communities throughout Texas.

"Anytime we make improvements to our water and wastewater infrastructure, we are improving the lives of all Texans," Rep. Rene O. Oliveira said.

“I want to thank the Texas Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Miller for the approval of this important award, which will greatly enhance the quality of life and living conditions for many residents in Cameron County,” said Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda Jr. “The improvements will provide families with a much better standard of living.”