Uncle Sam approves two Waimea projects

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved nearly $16 million

in funds for Hawai’i projects, including $500,000 for the second phase of the

West Kaua’i Technology and Visitors Center.

Another half a million dollars

for a wastewater plant in Waimea also got a thumbs-up.

The federal money

for the second phase of the technology and visitor center was approved for the

Kaua’i Economic Development Board, through an Economic Development Initiative

Grant, according to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawai’i).

Phase II’s

construction of a second technology facility “will provide the critical mass

needed to ensure the success of Kauai’s growing dual-use technology industry,”

Inouye said.

Dual-use refers to technology with both military and

commercial applications.

The second phase, along Kaumuali’i Highway in

Waimea, will be fully occupied once built. Tenants in the first phase include

Textron Systems Division, Trex Enterprises, Oceanit Laboratories and Solipsys

Corporations.

The funds are part of the fiscal year 2001 Departments of

Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations Bill, which has been sent to the full Senate for

consideration.

If passed by the Senate, the spending measure will face a

joint House-Senate conference, then final, separate House and Senate votes

before it goes to the White House for the president’s signature.

In the

same legislation, Kaua’i County stands to get $500,000 for the Waimea

wastewater treatment plant interim expansion.

The funds will be used to

meet the needs of the growing community of Waimea.

The county plans to

apply for a loan from a state revolving fund to match the federal

funds.

Staff writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

224) and pcurtis@pulitzer.net

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