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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 23, 2020) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced changes to the Indiana Small Business Restart Grant to increase the availability of funding for Hoosier small businesses impacted by the global pandemic. The grant program, which provides working capital to accelerate economic recovery, is now: 

  • Extended through Nov. 1, 2020, for eligible small businesses in Marion County;
  • Extended through Dec. 1, 2020, for eligible small businesses outside of Marion County; and
  • Available to small businesses that have received COVID-19 relief funding through federal programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Community Development Block Grants.

HoosierUplandsGrant2020On June 17th, the City of Salem and the Salem Fire Department received a $20,000 grant from the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation. 

The grant is to be used for the replacement of a failing outdoor staircase, which is wooden and poses safety concerns due to deterioration.

The Community Development and Improvement Program Grant allows the Salem Fire Department to have a safe and usable 2nd floor means of egress from the building.  This grant will improve the current design by utilizing an all steel structure that the weather will not destroy.  The City of Salem and the Salem Fire Department are grateful to Hoosier Uplands for this critical funding for improved Department safety.

In the upcoming weeks, City of Salem Utilities will begin installing a Smart Water Meter system to all households and businesses throughout the entire service area.  This initiative will bring increased efficiency to water customers, allowing them to more accurately monitor water usage.  It will also allow the city to quickly respond to any infrastructure issues or possible leaks.  The Smart Water Meter replacement program is being brought to customers at no additional cost. 

“We are excited to bring this technology to our customers and our community,” said Salem Mayor, Justin Green.  “We have some water meters currently in use that are greater than 25 years old.  A more modernized system is well overdue, and I am eager to see the results of these improvements for our citizens.” 

The City of Salem Utilities started the program as part of their ongoing effort to provide excellent customer service and to stay ahead of inevitable issues that may result from aging infrastructure.  Starting in late May through June, technicians will begin working throughout the city replacing meters.  There should be little to no inconvenience to customers. 

For more information about the Smart Water Meter replacement program, please contact the City of Salem Utilities at (812) 883-3937.