The package includes a list of new and deferred projects compiled by the Pike County Stimulus Commit-tee, which consists of representatives from the Pike County Judge/Executive’s Office, the City of Pikeville, the City of Coal Run, Elkhorn City, the Pike County Offices of Energy and Technology and Economic Development, the Pike County Housing Authority, the Pike County Board of Education, the Pike County Health De-partment, the Mountain Water District, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12 and the Pikeville City/Pike County Engineer.
The stimulus package was mailed to Pres. Obama on Wednesday, and copies of the package will be sent to Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, and other state and local officials on Thursday.
“If awarded money through the federal stimulus package for infrastructure and energy efficiency projects and to bring jobs to the region, Pike County, Kentucky, could provide the government oversight, efficiency and accountability necessary to achieve- success from those projects, both from a construction standpoint and an economic standpoint,” County Judge-Executive Wayne Ruther-ford said, in a letter included with the stimulus package.
The package consists of more than $450 million worth of energy, development, water and wastewater, transportation, sch-ool system and miscellaneous projects, and more than $6.5 million worth of “green,” projects. More than 2,500 jobs will be created from the projects in the stimulus package.