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Grant OK’d for Little River Trail project

August 17th, 2016

By SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

HUNTINGTON – The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority on Tuesday unanimously approved a $255,748 grant toward the Little River Trail project in Huntington.

Huntington officials presented their request last month, asking for 20 percent of the $1.05 million project’s total cost. The money will come from a $42 million grant given to the region as part of the Regional Cities Initiative. Indiana Economic Development Corp. staff still must review and sign off on the recommendation.

The project includes construction of almost 0.8 mile of multi-use trails, signs, a pavilion and other improvements.

Board members toured the proposed trail location before the meeting, a visit they said helped them appreciate the project’s value.

Michael Galbraith, director of the Road to One Million, provides staff support to the Regional Development Authority. He described the board’s approval as “a progressive step to building a strong, healthy and connected northeast Indiana.” 

“The Little River Trail project is a centerpiece for downtown Huntington as it will connect three counties along the Wabash River,” Galbraith said in a statement. “It’s a critical project that connects the charming downtown to the expansive regional trail network.”

Previously, the Regional Development Authority approved grants to Great Lakes Capital for the Skyline Tower; Trine University; University of Saint Francis; Embassy Theatre; and the DeKalb County YMCA.