News Release 158

Gov. Nixon announces $1 million in Recovery Act funds Energize Missouri Communities in southwest Missouri

Volume 38-158 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 26, 2010 -- Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Energize Missouri Communities has offered $1,079,117 in grant awards to 11 communities and counties in the southwest Missouri for energy efficiency projects.    

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energize Missouri Communities offered a total of $11.3 million in grant awards to 58 communities and counties throughout Missouri.   The Recovery Act provides significant funding to assist communities and counties with projects that meet specific program goals to reduce energy use, create and retain jobs and reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Early estimates show that 105 jobs will be created as a result of Energize Missouri Communities funding. Completion of the funded projects will save Missouri communities and counties more than 47.7 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 11,657 tons, the equivalent of removing 2,022 cars from the roads.   

The department issued the grant awards in four program areas: Public Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Green Streets, Special Community Initiatives and Water and Wastewater Treatment Efficiency.

Southwest Missouri communities receiving funding, the amounts, and description of the project are listed below:

Camden County

Christian County

Highlandville, city of

Houston, city of

Lebanon, city of

Neosho, city of

Nevada, city of

Newton County

Taney County

Texas County

Wright County

The department’s Division of Energy will administer the Energize Missouri Communities grant funds. Grant recipients have until August 2012 to complete their projects.

The department is administering more than $200 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to support Energize Missouri projects to create jobs and improve energy efficiencies and renewable energy for Missouri. The department is committed to working closely with communities and counties to assist with funding efforts that support energy efficiency projects as well as provide financial savings.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit For more information on Missouri’s transform initiatives, visit For more information, contact Energize Missouri Communities, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or 877-610-0834. By email to or visit Energize Missouri Communities’ website at: