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FY10 Appropriations Requests

*Below are funding requests to the Appropriations Committee.  Funding for these projects has not been secured.

Camp Taylor Sanitary Sewer System Improvements, Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District
700 West Liberty Street, Louisville, KY 40203-1911
$500,000

The Camp Taylor Sanitary Sewer System Improvements Project consists of a detailed television inspection, smoke and dye testing, and since some of the sewer records are not complete, mapping is required for some of the estimated 59,000 linear feet of 8-inch diameter sewer pipes. This project is part of the Integrated Overflow Abatement Plan (IOAP) in response to MSD’s Consent Decree with US EPA and the Kentucky DEP. This project is essential to maintaining the waterways and water treatment plants of Kentucky, which are currently in a state of disrepair.

Combating Childhood Obesity in Children with Severe Emotional Disabilities, Maryhurst
1015 Dorsey Lane, Louisville, KY 40223
$100,000

This project will provide health treatment programs and counseling to combat childhood obesity in children with severe emotional disabilities. This project will assist efforts to combat childhood obesity, which has risen to epidemic proportions. Funding invested in childhood health will pay dividends as these children enter adulthood having learned healthier lifestyles. This project will further the federal government's efforts to invest in preventative measures to reduce health problems caused by obesity.

Contingency Response Group (CRG) Facility, Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Air National Guard
100 Minuteman Parkway, Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-6168
$12,600,000

The project is for the expansion of an approximately 54,400 square foot facility to house the 123rd Airlift Wing’s new Contingency Response Group (CRG) and provide space to right size the Security Forces Squadron and Service Flight to support a dual military and Homeland Security mission set for all three units. The federal government is responsible for funding due to the dual military and Homeland Security mission role the CRG is designed to execute, with complimentary support roles provided by the Security Forces and our Services function. The CRG is vital component of rapid military and federal/state agency response here in the Commonwealth or to other areas of the nation in response to a catastrophic man-made or natural event.

Cross Cultural Programming, Muhammed Ali Center
One Muhammad Ali Plaza, 144 N. Sixth St, Louisville, KY 40202
$1,250,000

This funding would expand the work that the Muhammed Ali Center currently undertakes in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Program by providing a longer and more in-depth visitor program, specifically program development and travel costs. Cross-cultural programming strengthens diplomatic bonds across national boundaries, furthers cultural understanding, and disseminates American values throughout the world.

Development of Computer-assisted Therapy of Post-traumatic Stress Pathology in Military Personnel,University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$2 million

The goal of this project will be to develop an effective treatment program for members of the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) conflicts. The primary product of the program will be a multimedia computer program to treat PTSP. The multimedia computer program will be developed for active military and veteran combatants, and their family members who may also have been affected by war experiences. This program will: (1) Provide a manual and an effective computer tool to treat PTSP (PTSD and depression); (2) Improve the efficiency of treatment of PTSD and depression by giving therapists and patients a tool that can enhance the therapy experience and reduce the amount of therapist time required for symptom resolution; and (3) Provide a self-help program for those soldiers who do not have access to this help. The University of Louisville has developed advanced treatment interventions and demonstrated the efficacy of a multimedia self help computer program for depression in civilian population. We would like to adapt this technology for use in the military personnel by incorporating content on those issues that are common stressors in combat zones. By doing this, acute issues of PTSD can be addressed early on before these problems develop into something much more serious.

Downtown Scholar House, Family Scholar House
806 East Chestnut, Louisville, KY 40204
$500,000

Downtown Scholar House will provide a home for very-low income single parents enrolled in college and their children. Family Scholar House has secured approximately two acres in downtown Louisville. The new campus has 54 two and three bedroom apartments for very low-income residential families with a study lab, and classroom/community meeting space. The project includes new construction, renovation, and green initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint. The campus location provides convenience for students attending Spalding University, Jefferson Community and Technical College, the University of Louisville, and other colleges and universities and many community resources. This project would further the federal government's efforts to enhance economic development initiatives, particularly in low-income areas. The facility will provide workforce development and support services needed to address the barriers very low-income families face in attaining self-sufficiency.

Educational Services for Abused and Neglected Teens, Father Maloney's Boys Haven
2301 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40218
$100,000

This program provides educational services and resources at the on-campus school for abused and neglected teens at a Residential Treatment Facility. This project will provide tutoring and educational services to abused, homeless and struggling youth in the Louisville metropolitan area. The boys have a wide range of disabilities including learning disabilities, severe emotional behavior disorders, mild mental disorders, and other health impaired disabilities. Many of these children have not been able to function in the regular public school system and have been referred to Boys Haven. The immediate goal for this program is to bring students up to their age-appropriate grade levels before placing them in a regular school setting. The long-term goal is for students to earn their high school diplomas or GEDs, then to prepare for further studies, and then enter the workforce. This project advances the federal government's goal of giving students the skills needed in a 21st Century workforce.

Emergency Generators, Louisville-Metro Government
1135 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202
$1,340,000

Louisville-Metro Government would use the funds to install emergency back-up power generators in 19 of the existing 21 fire stations and the Automotive Service facility. The funds would be for the equipment and installation of a generator at each facility. The Division has limited funds to purchase and install backup power generators for its facilities. In two recent natural disasters 19 stations were without power for many days due to damaged utility infrastructure. The loss of power restricts the station operations and causes considerable delays in response during a time when the Calls for Service are maximized. Therefore, funding for this project is critical to ensure that our first responders have the needed resources to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.

Energy Conservation Initiative, City of Louisville
1100 Trevilian Way PO Box 37250, Louisville, Kentucky 40233
$150,000

This program will work with partners to design and implement energy conservation measures, including green roofs. This project will provide an opportunity to create an environmental education program and will serve as demonstration projects of best practices. As the federal government invests in a new green economy, we must educate businesses and citizens about energy efficient technologies. This project will advance the federal government's efforts to provide educational tools to reduce energy use and utilize energy conservation methods.

Family Education Career Training, National Center for Family Literacy
325 W. Main Street, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202
$180,000    

This program will develop and implement a systematic approach to the delivery of job readiness for families by infusing career awareness and work preparedness activities in all components of a family literacy program.    During this economic downturn, the federal government has made significant investments in career training programs.  This project will advance the federal government's goals of assisting families hurt by this recession by providing the resources and training to be ready to enter the workforce.   

Financial Education Programs, Louisville Urban League
1535 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203
$500,000

This project will provide financial literacy services, educational programs, and counseling assistance to Louisville residents. This project will allow the Urban League of Louisville to engage in community outreach, capacity building, and technical assistance and training. This project will advance the federal government's efforts to rebuild our economy by providing financial literacy opportunities.

Interventional Radiology Equipment for Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation
200 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202
$1,200,000

Interventional radiologists performed approximately 16,000 procedures at St. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital last year. This team of board-certified interventional radiologists is recognized as having the premier interventional program in the state and as being one of the top body / oncology imaging providers in the region. This one-time request for federal funding is for the purchase of interventional radiology equipment manufactured in the U.S. Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital currently has two interventional radiology labs that operate at full capacity. Federal funds would enable a third lab to increase capacity to 24,000 procedures annually, thereby meeting the community’s health care needs. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is charged with "protecting the health of all Americans." This project will help the federal government meet that goal by providing access to the latest interventional radiology technology to an underserved population in the South End of Louisville, Kentucky.

INSPECTION OF COMPLETED WORKS,  Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201
$305,000

This project will provide resources for engineers to inspect projects the Army Corps of Engineers completed. By inspecting completed works, this project advances the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety and soundness of our nation's infrastructure.

Kentucky-Ohio River Bridges Project, Louisville Metro Government, Department of Public Works
444 South Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Louisville, KY 40202
$10,000,000

The project will support the building of two new bridges across the Ohio River and the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange where I-64, I-65, and I-71 converge in downtown Louisville. The Ohio River Bridges is central to improving downtown access and alleviating congestion along one of the nation's key transportation corridors - where I-64, I-65, and I-265 meet. This project will also contribute to the federal government's efforts of investing in our nation's infrastructure needs.

LED Countdown Pedestrian Signals,  Louisville Metro Government, Department of Public Works
444 South Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Louisville, KY 40202
$200,000

To enhance the safety of pedestrians,  the project would fund the installation of LED countdown pedestrian signals in the Central Business District of Louisville. The request is for the equipment required to retro-fit a total of (52) traffic signals and would be a one-time expense. The project will not only improve pedestrian safety, but also improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Lighthouse Community Center, Lighthouse Promise, Inc.
5312 Old Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, KY 40228
$500,000

This project will help fund the construction of a new community learning center and disaster response center for children and families in the Newburg and Norfolk communities. This facility will provide a variety of community services for children and families, including GED programs, workforce development programs, and mentoring and tutoring at-risk youth. The project will advance the federal government's efforts to generate economic development in low-income communities.

Locomotor Translational Research and Clinical Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation
200 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202
$4 million

This project will conduct translational research on the value of Locomotor Training specifically in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and related neurological disorders for injured military personnel. This initiative would be piloted at Jewish Hospital’s Frazier Rehab Institute with a goal of ultimately creating a national research program modeled after the NeuroRecovery Network. This program will maximize the availability and quality of rehabilitative care by identifying the optimal Locomotor Training regimens for TBI patients and developing a comprehensive database to track the success of activity-based therapeutic interventions. Ultimately, this program will support the creation of an administrative network to supply logistical, technical, and personnel-based support for rehabilitation programs serving returning warfighters with TBI. The purpose of this request is to support military personnel returning from war with impaired mobility due to traumatic brain injury. The project would forge a public/private partnership that would allow returning warfighters with TBI to obtain rehabilitation services at Frazier Rehab Institute; and would conduct translational research on the value of Locomotor Training specifically in the treatment of TBI and related neurological disorders. This initiative would be piloted at Frazier Rehab Institute with a goal of ultimately creating a national research program modeled after the NeuroRecovery Network.

Meteorology and Atmospheric Science Program, University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$660,000

The long-term goal is an integrated partnership between UofL, the local offices of the National Weather Service (NWS), and UPS to establish a research facility in atmospheric science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy to meet the growing need to expand the understanding of regional climatic changes through the use of modern modeling and forecasting methods associated with atmospheric studies and meteorology due to Louisville's strategic location. UofL students would be able to intern at UPS and experience "real life" activities associated with a career in meteorology. This will be an educational and research enterprise, and students and faculty will engage in atmospheric research of strategic interest both regionally and nationally. The funding requested will establish the laboratory and computer facilities necessary for interface with the NWS for the proposed training and research partnership. Additionally, funding may be used for set-up costs for research laboratories for newly recruited faculty being brought into the program. With the increasing recognition of the potential catastrophic consequences of global warming, atmospheric science and meteorology may play an even larger role in strategically important issues confronting the US and global economies. In addition, local, regional and international businesses, government agencies, and the military have the same need for accurate and reliable weather forecasting to ensure the safe and efficient movement of commodities and strategically important materials.

METROPOLITAN LOUISVILLE, MILL CREEK BASIN, Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201
$300,000

A third of the funding would be used to complete feasibility work consisting of surveying, geotechnical investigations, hydraulic modeling, dam design, etc. Two-thirds would be used to initiate Preconstruction, Engineering, and Design. Initial studies were conducted in FY06 to access hydrology, extent of floodplain, and potential damages to infrastructure. New mapping shows there are more structures in the floodplain than previous analyses showed - up to 5,000 homes - increasing the importance and urgency of progress on the project.

METROPOLITAN LOUISVILLE, BEARGRASS CREEK AND EVA BANDMAN PARK, Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201
$560,000

This project will restore the aquatic ecosystem at the mouth of Beargrass Creek. This project consists of creating small ox-bow wetlands at a city park. This project will restore the ecosystem Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, KY, bring high-quality jobs to the area, and enhance the natural environment while providing world-class recreational opportunities for current and future citizens.

Mobile Data Computers, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department
633 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202
$500,000

This funding will be used to purchase new mobile data computers which will replace outdated and unable to be repaired or upgraded equipment to be compatible with current programs being used by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department. This funding will allow the Police Department to provide officers immediate access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and other criminal justice sites. Officers use NCIC and other software programs to make inquiries about persons they stop during enforcement activities. Fugitives from other states are entered in NCIC and officers use this resource to locate these fugitives, terrorism suspects, gang members and endangered persons that were reported missing from across the United States.

Models to Investigate Ecological Impact from Pollution and Global Warming, University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$650,000

Natural habitats that remain undeveloped and are scattered throughout the urban and suburban landscapes help reduce the negative environmental impacts of dense human settlement. These natural habitats provide ecosystem services that benefit people living in the surrounding areas(air and water purification, soil stabilization, flood control, climate modification, pest and disease control, pollinators for gardens and agricultural crops). If these natural remnants become degraded, these ecological services are diminished and, to the extent possible, must be replaced with expensive engineered solutions to maintain people’s physical and psychological well-being. This proposal will undertake, a core project, using Louisville’s City of Parks Network to provide site-specific scientific information to guide pro-active environmental management of these natural park areas and also to inform regional land-use planning efforts. The program would establish ten long-term ecological research and monitoring sites in strategic locations within the Park’s terrestrial and stream ecosystems. As many areas in the US are changing from a rural to urban/suburban landscapes, the crucial natural habitats are compromised. This degradation threatens the entire region, as the utility of these natural areas can is no longer reliable. Using the Metro Louisville as a test-bed, this program proposes to model very early changes in organisms in these remaining areas (parks and woodlands) around emerging cities to devise a protocol which can be used by planners and developers nationwide.

Nia Center, Louisville Metro Government, Economic Development Department
444 South Fifth Street, suite 600, Louisville, KY 40202
$245,000

This project upgrades the IT infrastructure of the Nia Center business incubator, which houses services and programs to support small business entrepreneurs. The upgrade also will help staff at the Nia Center more effectively communicate and work with employees of other local government agencies. This project will provide technological support to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and will advance the federal government's efforts to rebuild our nation's economy by supporting small business expansion.

Operational funding for the BioSafety Laboratory, University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$2,000,000

Due to their role in the national biodefense infrastructure, the Regional Biosafety Laboratories (RBL) must maintain full operational capabilities independent of the amount of federally-funded research being conducted at any one time. While NIAID has provided sufficient funds to construct these facilities, no federal funds have to date been provided to maintain these critical assets at the highest level of operational efficiency necessary to fulfill their federal mandate. Costs of operating these facilities are estimated at more than $2 million annually for each lab, due to each lab’s required compliance with the March 2005 Select Agents final rule (42 CFR Part 1003). Due to their role in the national biodefense infrastructure, the Regional Biosafety Laboratories must maintain full operational capabilities. This funding will be used to maintain these critical assets at the highest level of operational efficiency necessary to fulfill their federal mandate.

POND AND MILL CREEK RECREATION TRAIL, Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201
$200,000

This funding will be used to prepare and execute a design agreement. Following execution of the design agreement, funds will be used to initiate design of the Pond Creek and Mill Creek trail system, Louisville, KY, to include ecosystem restoration, recreation, and historic preservation features. The design will incorporate features of the recreation trail as described in the Pond Creek and Mill Creek Recreational Concept Study, and will include ecosystem restoration as discussed in the Metro Louisville Ecosystem Restoration Study, completed in July 2000. The project will be conducted in cooperation with the Metro Parks Department, Louisville Metro Government, and the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District. The Pond Creek and Mill Creek trail system will expand the ring of multi-use trails around Louisville Metro into more residential and commercial areas of southwest Jefferson County and provide access to the Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation's largest urban forest, as well as a number of other parks. This project will help attract high quality jobs to the area, provide world-class recreational opportunities for current and future citizens, provide opportunities for alternative transportation, and enhance the natural environment.

Positive Opportunities for at-risk youth in Louisville, Office of the Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Capitol Building, Suite 118, 700 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601
$100,000

This funding will allow the Attorney General’s office to partner with local law enforcement and the Boys and Girls Club to reach disadvantaged youth and provide them with positive after-school opportunities. This project will advance the federal government's goal of combating juvenile crime and drug abuse by providing positive opportunities for youth.

Radio Frequency Identification Technologies,  University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$1 million

Operating under the CELDi umbrella, the RFID Tech Center will focus on the development of next generation models and algorithms to design operate and manage the logistical system efficiently and effectively using the continuously generated data in direct response to new, constantly changing information that is being supplied by the two technologies. Organizations can use the RFID and GPS technologies and the underlying models and decision support systems to develop effective and efficient supply chains that transfer products seamlessly and smoothly over the entire distribution network, even in the face of fast changing information, and disturbances caused by forces internal or external to the system (e.g., hurricane-related disruptions, instability in fuel supply, and disruptions due to hostile enemy activity). In fiscal year 2005, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) distributed almost $32 billion in goods and services worldwide. The DLA continually seeks to reduce costs and improve delivery times to its customers and field personnel. The University of Louisville, RFID Tech Center will focus on the development of next generation models and algorithms to design, operate and manage the logistical system efficiently and effectively.

Reducing Barriers to Success for At-risk Youth,  First Gethsemane Center for Family Development
1159 Algonquin Parkway, Louisville, KY 40208
$100,000

This funding will be used to provide a wide range of educational support, delinquency prevention, and intervention services for at-risk youth in Louisville. The program provides mentoring, tutoring, and development programs to prepare participants to develop into viable and productive citizens of the community. This project will support the federal government's efforts to promote academic success and provide meaningful activities for the at-risk youth who live in low-income communities.

Research Development of Strategies to Improve Prognosis of Soldiers Suffering Abdominal Trauma, University of Louisville Research Foundation
Jouett Hall, Suite 100, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
$2 million

Extraction of wounded combatants from the place of injury may be difficult and delayed, placing a major burden on healthcare providers. Thus, new strategies are required to prevent subsequent infection, poor tissue blood flow, and cell/organ injury damage/death. Researches at the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at the University of Louisville will take a three-pronged approach to improving the outcome of battlefield injuries. They will use currently available pharmaconutrients, as well as complementary and alternative medicine agents to enhance the body’s resistance to chemical injuries, trauma and hemorrhage. UofL researchers will use a unique topical compound to protect against infection. Using an established model of wound contamination and infection to test the effectiveness of battlefield-expedient topical antimicrobial agents, the efficacy of a novel iodine and free fatty acid based topical disinfectant used at the place of wounding will be examined. In addition, UofL researchers will utilize novel approaches to protect against poor tissue viability, poor blood profusion, ischemia/reperfusion, and shock once the patient has been transported to an intensive care unit. UofL researchers have developed unique small molecules that improve tissue viability and tissue profusion and have developed a system called "direct peritoneal resuscitation" that prevents or reverses the poor blood flow due to vasoconstriction commonly associated with conventional resuscitation in the intensive care unit. Despite tremendous strides in the management of abdominal battlefield injuries, nearly 1 of 5 soldiers do not survive these types of injuries, often due to either shock or sepsis. This program will develop new strategies to prevent infection, poor tissue blood flow, and secondary organ injury damage/death following these injuries. As a result, soldiers lives will be saved and the need for more extensive and costly care will be reduced.

Science Education Programs, Louisville Science Center
727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
$150,000

This project involves hands-on science education programs that engage PreK-16 students and teachers in topics such as biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, life sciences, fitness and health, as well as in the earth and space sciences and environmental science. Science, Mathematics and Technology education is a critical priority for workforce development, both nationally and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This project will advance the federal government's efforts to increase American competitiveness in a global economy.

Substance Abuse Program at Our Lady of Peace, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation
200 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202
$143,000

This funding will help Our Lady of Peace, a psychiatric hospital primarily serving children and adolescents, enhance its programming and education in the area of substance abuse. New services will be evidence-based, client-centered and seamless. All mental health patients will be screened for substance abuse problems and disorders during the intake assessment, and information collected in the screening will drive the treatment plan. All patients will receive basic information, followed by more in-depth programming for those with a substance abuse diagnosis. A family session including patient participation will be provided to explore family issues and recovery environment. In addition, all team members providing direct patient care will receive training on the subject to increase their knowledge base, and a module will be created for new