Rep. Bourdeaux Delivered More Than $5 Million In Direct Local Funding For Community Projects
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the FY22 Omnibus funding bill into law, which included more than $5 million in direct funding for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. In spring of 2021, Rep. Bourdeaux submitted 10 funding requests for important community projects in Georgia’s 7th District to the House Appropriations Committee. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 includes funding for all 10 of her community projects. These projects will meet the diverse needs of Georgia’s 7th District and include funding for schools, minority-owned small businesses, public housing, veterans, and much more.
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “I am also excited to announce that after more than a year of hard work, I am bringing more than $5 million back to the hardworking people of Georgia’s 7th to fund critical local projects that benefit our community. These projects include funding to help hire veterans, expand early-learning in underinvested communities, promote infrastructure innovation, support minority business opportunity, and increase investment in local schools and so much more.”
Local leaders are praising the funding and Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s work for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.
“Gwinnett residents from all walks of life will benefit from the investments provided by the federal funding package signed into law by President Biden today, including $310,000 allocated for Gwinnett’s new Water Tower facility,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole L. Hendrickson. “These people-centered investments spanning research, education, business, veterans services, technology, and housing will help to ensure that our diverse community has more accessible and improved services. Today, I join a chorus of others in commending Congresswoman Boudreaux for delivering these investments for Gwinnett.”
“There’s never been a more critical time in our county for a focus to be put on the mental wellness of our citizens,” said Forsyth Commissioner Cindy Mills. “Thanks to the advocacy of Congresswoman Bourdeaux, we will have the resources to extend the mental health programs that currently have the greatest needs – with at-risk students in our schools, with the at-risk population that reaches out to public safety in our community and with our veterans returning back to our area looking for a stable life after their service to our country. We deeply appreciate Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s efforts for Forsyth county and for the use of funds for the most vulnerable in our community.”
“The UGA Small Business Development Center is happy to partner with Congresswoman Bordeaux in supporting Gwinnett County economic development through small business growth and new jobs,” said Glenn Kruse, Area Director of the Gwinnett County SBDC office.
“I along with GGC’s students, faculty, and staff send a heartfelt thank you to Congresswoman Bourdeaux and all of Congress for support of our grant through the Higher Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education,” said Georgia Gwinnett College President Dr. Jann Joseph. “We are encouraged by the prospect of offering increased support to our dedicated STEM students. As we look at the future of Georgia and the Southeast Region, STEM training and support opportunities are critical to developing 21st century thinking skills and real-world problem solving for the next generation of leaders. Through these programs, GGC students will be further equipped with vital competencies necessary to be leaders in a dynamic workforce environment.”
“Many fail to realize how critically important the first five years of a child’s life are to their future and they often underestimate the momentum that early learning provides children along their pathway toward success. It is important to note that 54% of students who enter kindergarten in Gwinnett County Public Schools are underprepared, and lack the prerequisite skills for Kindergarten. We know that this Kindergarten readiness gap more significantly impacts students from underinvested communities and students of color—a fact that must be addressed. With that in mind, our school district is focused on providing equitable programs and services to support our students—including our very youngest learners. Specifically, this funding will provide Gwinnett families with increased access to supports like Play 2 Learn and high-quality bilingual books and companion materials, both of which introduce young children to high-quality learning experiences while building the capacity of parents and caregivers to be their child’s first and best teacher,” said Dr. Calvin J. Watts, Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools. “We appreciate Representative Bourdeaux’s support of community projects like our Building Babies’ Brains – Ready Children Initiative. Her commitment sends a clear message about the importance of early learning and the positive impact it can have on families and children today and into the future, particularly as it lays the groundwork for a lifetime of learning.”
“The funding for the Curiosity Lab Mobility Hub allows us to continue growing our smart city living laboratory designed to facilitate the development and adoption of emerging technologies in real-world conditions,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “Peachtree Corners would like to thank Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux for her support and hard work on the Omnibus Bill to ensure that the citizens of Peachtree Corners and Georgia’s 7th district continue to receive funding for projects that serve our communities.”
“We are so grateful to Representative Bourdeaux for supporting this funding for additional drug counselors to serve our students and their families. Drug and alcohol addiction are a nation-wide epidemic. Our goal in Forsyth County Schools is to provide every child with the opportunity and support they need to live a clean and sober life. Dr. Bearden often says that the best school systems are those that partner together family, community, and schools to work together,” said Forsyth County Schools Principal Drew Hayes. “This drug counselor grant embodies the best of that type of partnership. We know that drug counselors help students gain and maintain sobriety, and their impact saves lives. In addition to Representative Bourdeaux, I would like to thank Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Sherriff Ron Freeman, Matt Meyer of Insight, Mitch Durdle of the Forsyth County Drug Council, Dr. Jeff Bearden, and the Forsyth County School Board for their continued support of our Drug Counselor Program.”
“With only 2% of the housing demand met in Gwinnett County for households earning under $50,000, preservation of existing affordable housing is more critical than ever. Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Community Project Funding award will enable us to continue providing quality housing for our seniors and families whose wages are not adequate for rising private market rents,” said the Lawrenceville Housing Authority Executive Director Lejla Prljaca.
“This congressional appropriation will provide significant support to Hire Heroes USA’s ongoing veteran employment programs, including our highly effective Partnered Career Transition (PaCT) program, Federal Sector employment program, and Volunteer Mentor Network, resulting in improved employment outcomes for the transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses in Georgia’s 7th District,” said Hire Heroes USA CEO Andrew Sandoe. “We are grateful for Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s support and her advocacy for military families. As the leader in veteran and military spouse employment, Hire Heroes USA remains committed to providing exceptional care to our military families and continuing to assist all veterans throughout Georgia.”
“We greatly appreciate Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s leadership and support of The Water Tower. These funds will provide specialized lab equipment and help advance our mission to provide innovative solutions to the biggest challenges facing the water industry today,” said The Water Tower CEO Melissa Meeker.
Listed below are the projects Congresswoman Bourdeaux has submitted and delivered on behalf of her community.
Gwinnett County funding projects:
- $720,000 will go to Hire Heroes USA’s Partnered Career Transition Program to help them directly support our servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses find employment.
- The Gwinnett Water Tower, which performs water research and community engagement work, is on the cutting edge of developing leading water technologies and reimagining cutting-edge water tech ecosystems. The Water Tower will receive $310,000 to help them tackle our most pressing challenges in the water sector and improve water sector infrastructure.
- Georgia Gwinnett College will receive $1,450,000 to provide an affordable, quality education and residential experience through their Living Learning Communities for IT and Health Sciences.
- $775,000 will go to Gwinnett Schools’ Foundation for Building Babies’ Brains — Ready Initiative and their work to close the readiness gap and prepare our youngest community members for long-term success.
- $150,000 is going to the Lawrenceville Housing Authority to help combat housing insecurity in our community. The funding will help people access decent, safe, and clean housing.
- The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will get $100,000 to provide low or no-cost business management training & consulting services in the native languages of GA-07 community members. This will ensure resources are accessible to our diverse community.
- Peachtree Corner’s Curiosity Lab will get $495,000 to build a Curiosity Lab Mobility Hub and continue their work on improving our community’s transit options to better accommodate, autonomous vehicles, drones, and other clean-energy vehicles
Forsyth County funding projects:
- Forsyth County’s Crisis Intervention Team will receive $235,000 for training on how to most effectively respond to those having a behavioral health crisis. This training is crucial to protecting all involved from harm and injury.
- $90,000 will go to Forsyth County’s Insight Program and help increase our community’s capacity to serve at-risk young people.
- The Forsyth County School District’s Spark! Igniting Learning, Birth and Beyond program will get $750,000 so we can break down external barriers on our young learners, including poverty, transit, and language.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources across the 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. It furthers the Congresswoman’s commitment to investing in Georgia families with substantial increases to non-defense funding and an end to President Trump’s budget that held the American people back.
In total, the 12 appropriations bills include $730 billion in non-defense funding, a $46 billion increase over fiscal year 2021. This 6.7 percent increase in non-defense funding is the largest in four years. The bills provide $782 billion in total defense funding – an increase of $42 billion, 5.6 percent, over fiscal year 2021.
Also included in the Omnibus Spending Bill is the largest increase to the Federal Pell Grants in more than a decade, a record investment in the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand mental health care treatment services and homeless assistance programs, and billions in funding for maternal and child health care. Additionally, the funding bill includes a $281 million increase in funding to help the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) address the rising immigration backlog. The bill would also fully fund programs included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to realize the full promise of this historic legislation.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.