Kirkpatrick announces $2.9 million TIGER grant for Hopi Tribe

FLAGSTAFF – October 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., is pleased to announce that the Hopi Tribe will receive a $2.9 million grant to fund a transportation and infrastructure project for tribal roadways.

The grant – funded b

y the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER VI Discretionary Grants Program – will support the tribe’s Tawa’ovi Community Streets and Infrastructure Project. The project will develop primary and secondary roadways into the planned Tawa’ovi community, one of six new communities envisioned by the Hopi Tribe’s strategic plan to provide housing, jobs, and services.

“This grant is so important to the Hopi –it will provide an important boost for their efforts to improve the quality of life in their community,” said Kirkpatrick, who represents 12 Native American tribes in District One. “Transportation and infrastructure are the foundation for economic growth and the key to long-term stability. I look forward to seeing the progress on the Tawa’ovi Community roadways.”

The new Tawa’ovi Community is a new sustainable community development with a focus on effective transportation systems, and it could serve as a model for other tribal communities across the United States. The project aims to boost economic growth by a) helping local communities provide their own goods and services so residents can spend less time on the road and reduce the expense of repairs or risk of accidents, and b) allowing tourists to experience the Hopi culture in an appropriate, non-disruptive manner.

Read the grant announcement here.

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