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Letter to Ray LaHood, Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in support of the City of Goldsboro application for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) IV grant. The City is requesting support for a $14 million project that would make significant functional and aesthetic improvements to the Center Street Streetscape project, and upgrades to Goldsboro Union Station.

In his letter, Congressman Butterfield wrote, "TIGER IV support would enable Goldsboro to completely renovate the downtown, expand public transportation capacity to interconnect an entire rural region, and restore historic infrastructure. A recent economic study indicates that the projects would also create or retain 831 jobs in an area facing 8.7 percent unemployment. Investing in Goldsboro will boost the entire eastern North Carolina region to prominence after tough economic challenges."

The full letter of support follows.

March 29, 2012

The Honorable Ray LaHood

Secretary

U.S. Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Secretary LaHood,

I write in support of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) IV grant application submitted by the City of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Goldsboro recently requested support for a $14 million project that will make functional and aesthetic design improvements to the Center Street Streetscape project, and much needed upgrades to transform Goldsboro Union Station to a multimodal transit hub.

The City of Goldsboro is located in eastern North Carolina with a population of 36,000 residents, many of whom belong to military families who serve at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Businesses and people have been leaving Goldsboro since the 1960s, causing commerce to shift to the suburbs and creating vacancies and deteriorating infrastructure downtown. Goldsboro serves as the seat of Wayne County, but the City's downtown is not currently pedestrian- or vehicle-friendly and is hindering economic growth.

Since 2006, Goldsboro has promoted a bold plan to improve safety, strengthen infrastructure, and promote commerce, while preserving critical historic and cultural landmarks. In Goldsboro's TIGER IV application, the city's project consists of $7 million for the Center Street Streetscape project and $7 million for modernization of Goldsboro Union Station. Goldsboro has already invested $2.5 million in the project and will provide an additional $2.8 million. Therefore, the City is requesting $11.2 million in TIGER IV grant funding. TIGER IV support would enable Goldsboro to completely renovate the downtown, expand public transportation capacity to interconnect an entire rural region, and restore historic infrastructure. A recent economic study indicates that the projects would also create or retain 831 jobs in an area facing 8.7 percent unemployment. Investing in Goldsboro will boost the entire eastern North Carolina region to prominence after tough economic challenges.

Because of the economic advantages this project will bring to the region, I ask for your full consideration of Goldsboro's application. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dennis Sills of my staff at 202.225.3101. Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

G. K. Butterfield

Member of Congress


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