North Vernon$753,838 Dillsboro$313,002 Lawrenceburg$510,186 Westport$139,860 Greensburg$701,715 Holton$176,657 Aurora$442,500 Batesville, In. — More than $150 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community crossings grant program, which is now in the second year. The grants are available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of legislation co-authored by Frye in 2016.“In order to continue our reputation as the Crossroads of America, maintaining our roads and bridges is critical,” Frye said. “Receiving these grants will allow local governments to make much-needed repairs and improvements to our transportation infrastructure.”State representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke said:“A safe and reliable transportation network is critical to keeping our state and local economic engines running strong,” Ziemke said. “The Community Crossings grant program helps local governments make much-needed road and bridge improvements in their communities, supporting Hoosier jobs and potentially leading to new economic development opportunities in their areas.”Dearborn County will receive $840,967, Decatur County will receive $730,569, Jennings County will receive $731,636, Ohio County will receive $750,000, Ripley County will receive $833,700 and Switzerland County will receive $869,850. In addition, various communities within these counties, as well as Jefferson County, were awarded grants: Moores Hill$300,000 CommunityGrant Amount Versailles$181,753 Milan$235,500 Rising Sun$501,357 Vernon$72,801 Madison$585,648 Osgood$670,000 Projects eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, small structure replacements, guardrail replacements and signs.A complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through Community crossings can be found by clicking here. More information about the program can be found through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at www.in.gov/indot.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies.The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic 50.2 in July to 46.5 this month. Any score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says trade tensions “are driving growth lower for areas of the region with close ties to agriculture.” Goss also noted that despite negative consequences from tariffs, nearly 7 of 10 bank CEOS surveyed support either raising or continuing the Trump administration’s current tariffs.Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.