Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority formally approved $5 million to the City of Charlestown on Nov. 4 to go toward the future new Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The funding is from the state’s READI program, which allocated $50 million to the RDA to use on projects in Clark, Floyd, Scott, Jefferson, and Washington counties in Southern Indiana.
The Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the design phase with construction slated to begin in 2023. Improving the city’s wastewater utility will provide needed updates, handle anticipated residential growth, and service business growth at the River Ridge Commerce Center.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to help Charlestown play a vital role in the advancement of our region and optimistic that our RDA’s performance with this first round of READI funding will demonstrate our region’s desirability and motivate additional funding for projects that didn’t receive full support at this time,” said Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges.
“With each meeting, we continue to move more and more READI projects forward,” said RDA Board Chair Dana Huber. “We are excited about the work that we continue to do every day. Projects like the Charlestown wastewater treatment plant will have an immeasurable direct and indirect impact to our regional economy and quality of place. We know that jobs follow people. This infrastructure project and others will yield the capacity to grow our workforce for years to come.”
In addition, River Ridge Development Authority announced in March to contribute $12 million toward the estimated $42 million Wastewater Treatment Plant in Charlestown.