MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Nickel Celebrates $2.8 Million in Federal Funding for Johnston, Harnett Counties

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Wiley Nickel (NC-13)

Today, Congressman Wiley Nickel (NC-13) joined with elected officials and local leaders to announce over $2.8 million in federal funding that he secured for Johnston County and Harnett County communities.

“I was excited to be in Johnston and Harnett counties to celebrate the $2.8 million in federal funding I secured for the people of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District,” said Congressman Wiley Nickel. “These funds will go towards new police and advanced manufacturing training equipment, as well as critical water system improvements, to enhance the health, safety, and longevity of our community.”

First, Congressman Nickel was in Selma for a press conference with Mayor Byron McAllister, Police Chief Jamie Hughes, and members of the town council to celebrate $330,000 in new federal funding for the town to complete police equipment and technology upgrades. During the press conference, Congressman Nickel also announced a new $1.5 million community project funding request for Selma that he submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Appropriations bill. 

Congressman Nickel then traveled to Smithfield for a press conference with Mayor Pro Tem Roger Wood, Police Chief Pete Hedrick, and members of the town council to celebrate $124,000 in new federal funding for the police department to purchase body cameras and data storage upgrades. Congressman Nickel also announced a new $4.9 million community project funding request for Smithfield that he submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration in the FY 2025 Appropriations bill. 

Next, Congressman Nickel was in Benson for a press conference with Mayor Jerry Medlin and members of the Board of Commissioners to celebrate $959,752 in new federal funding for the town’s water system improvement plan. Specifically, this funding will be used for pipe repairs and water system upgrades due to the expiration of the existing pipes’ useful life spans. 

Finally, Congressman Nickel ended the day in Dunn for a press conference with Mayor William Elmore, Four Oaks Mayor Vic Medlin, and I95/I40 Crossroads of America Economic Development Alliance, Inc President Reid Williams to celebrate $1,466,279 in new federal funding for the I95/I40 Crossroads of America Economic Development Alliance’s Advanced Manufacturing and Biotech Training Center Equipment Project. The Alliance will use these funds to acquire equipment for an advanced manufacturing training center and a biotech training center.

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