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05092019CM0425MARYVILLE – To mend digital inequities in rural areas of the Metro East region, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are urging local organizations to apply for a portion of $50 million in available funding through the second round of the Connect Illinois broadband expansion program.

“High-speed internet is one of the most important resources for households and businesses, especially in our current climate,” Belt said. “To ensure that no child, family or business is left behind, I encourage eligible applicants in the Metro East area to apply for the Connect Illinois program.”

Read more: Belt, Crowe highlight rural broadband grant opportunities

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09232019CM0198EAST. ST. LOUIS – As low-income families still face disproportionately high barriers to homeownership, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is spreading the word about the new SmartBuy mortgage and student loan assistance program.  

“For low-income families, homeownership is critical for creating a stable environment in which to raise a family,” Belt said. “Providing families with the tools to become homeowners and repay student loan debt is substantial. This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be left on the table, and I urge prospective homeowners to apply for this assistance program.”

Read more: Belt brings awareness to new mortgage and student loan assistance program

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03052020CM0542EAST ST. LOUIS – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has allocated up to $1 million to help with flooding issues in Centreville, Alorton and East St. Louis, and State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is pleased that local homeowners will have a say in how the problems are tackled. 

“Families in the Metro-East deserve to have their homes and valuables secure from floods,” Belt said. “Flooding issues have been a continuous concern in the community and I am pleased to announce that local leaders can take advantage of this grant opportunity to provide long-term relief for community members.” 

Read more: Belt announces grant opportunity for local communities’ flood issues

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EAST ST. LOUIS – The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a series of free virtual workshops called the Building Blocks of Success, and State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville)is encouraging businesses who want to participate in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program to take advantage of the free opportunity. 

These workshops will be a great opportunity for businesses to choose what new skills they gain by targeting skills to meet the needs of their operation for now and in the future,” Belt said. If you are small business owner, please do not miss out on the opportunity to become DBE certified.”

Read more: Belt announces IDOT’s workshops for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

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