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Congressman David Scott Votes to Fund $5.2 Million in Local Community Projects

Congressman David Scott (GA-13), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, voted to fund $5.2 million in Community Project Funding that he previously secured for Georgia’s 13th Congressional District. This funding, included in the appropriations government funding package, responds directly to some of the most pressing needs in metro-Atlanta.

“Public greenspace expansion brings new vitality and investment to our communities, enhancing quality of life and creating new economic opportunity for my constituents,” said Congressman David Scott. “With the federal Community Project Funding outlined in today’s appropriations package for new and improved multimodal paths and greenways, our local metro-Atlanta officials will be able to plan and design for investments in infrastructure that will connect us in innovative ways, foster new jobs promote business creation and encourage healthy, active lifestyles for years to come.”

Congressman David Scott has made public greenspace expansion infrastructure an appropriations priority in the 117th Congress, fighting to secure FY22 funding for local projects that will directly benefit his district, including:

  • $1.7 million for the Cumberland Multi-Modal Path, a new, three-mile, mixed-use path which will connect the I-75/I-285 area with bike and walking trails in the Cumberland Community Improvement District;
  • $2.5 million for the Chattahoochee Riverlands Pilot Project, which will ameliorate longstanding exclusion of environmental justice communities along the River corridor with the least access to the River and its existing greenspaces; and
  • $1 million for Paces Mill Palisades Unit Rehabilitation, an effort to revitalize the southernmost site in the Chattahoochee River Nature Reserve, a critical greenspace in a rapidly-urbanizing area which hosts more than 250,000 visitors each year connecting to upwards of 38 miles of multi-use trails.

The appropriations funding requests followed reporting last year regarding the outsized economic impact on the area, which includes Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, from the decision by Major League Baseball to move the 2021 All Star Game from Atlanta. In addition to funding community projects, the twelve-bill government funding package will help middle class families with the cost of living, create American jobs, supports the vulnerable and works to help small businesses and restaurants that are key to our economic future.

This legislation will next be voted on by the Senate and then signed into law by President Biden. A detailed summary of the legislation is available here.

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