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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 15, 2002

CITY AWARDED RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today that The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii has awarded the City a $493,175 grant for its Oahu Rural Development Program.

“This grant provides significant assistance in helping those who are economically and socially challenged in our outlying communities,” the Mayor said. “I applaud the efforts of our Department of Community Services, and in particular Ernie Martin of the department’s Office of Special Projects, for securing this funding.”

“The Oahu Rural Development Program represents an opportunity to assist alienated and at-risk youths gain self-esteem and build a positive lifestyle through a number of community-based projects,” Martin explained. “These projects include native Hawaiian pond restoration, taro farming, micro-farming, commercial food production and retail, and business incubation.”

The program will initially target youth from Waialua, Haleiwa, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Kaaawa and Waimanalo. Expansion to other rural communities will depend upon future funding.

The City Council authorized the City and County of Honolulu on June 26 to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Hawaii’s Research Corporation to accept and expend the grant.

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Monday, July 15, 2002

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