Delta and Gunnison counties are hoping for final approval from the federal government of a $350,000 grant to study ways of coping with economic fallout from the Oxbow mine layoffs, county commissioner Bruce Hovde reported last week.
Hovde told the DCI and his colleagues that if approved, the study will try and determine avenues for economic recovery as a result of the layoffs from the Oxbow mine.
Responsibility for $25,000 in local matching funds will be shouldered by the two counties on a 50-50 split.
Hovde said the $12,500 cost on this side of the county line will be divided equally among county government, Delta County Economic Development and the City of Delta.
No decision on final award has been received. “It has been tentatively approved ... it is in process,” Hovde said.