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Gov. Mapp Signs Off On $243 Million Grant From Housing and Urban Development

WASHINGTON — Governor Kenneth Mapp and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude announced the formal execution of a $243 million grant to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria today.

The signing of this agreement now paves the way to speed recovery dollars needed to restore damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

This includes the $33 million Governor Mapp secured in economic development funding to upgrade our marine ports and to provide training in the construction trades “so more Virgin Islanders can participate in the territory’s rebuild.”

Mapp, who said he also met with U.S. Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry and other officials while in Washington, returns to the territory on Friday.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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