Governor making stop in Cordova today
by W. Brian Hale
Jun 12, 2013 | 1128 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Robert Bentley will visit Walker County today to receive, on behalf of the state of Alabama, long-term disaster recovery funding that will help communities continue to rebuild following the April 2011 tornadoes.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was originally announced in March.

HUD officials will be in Cordova this morning for a formal check presentation to the state.

From the funding announced in March, $49 million will be directed to the State of Alabama to help various communities. Those communities will be encouraged to apply for portions of that funding to help with housing, business and infrastructure needs that have not already been met through other assistance.

Today’s check presentation is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Long Memorial United Methodist Church in Cordova.

The governor is also expected to tour the town to observe the progress that has been made through recovery efforts.

District 5 Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper), who will be accompanying Bentley during his tour, stated that the application for obtaining the funding will begin on Thursday.

“With the support of Governor Bentley and officials from FEMA, ADECA and HUD, Cordova was granted 1.4 million dollars in the first wave of recovery funding to help pay for a new grocery store for the community,” Reed said. “It’s my belief that with that continuing support, Cordova and other affected communities in our area who apply could see a substantial amount granted on their behalf during this wave to aid in their recovery efforts as well.”