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      Local Contractors Sought For Recovery Program

      The clock is ticking for valley contractors to get in on the second phase of the disaster recovery program.

      Ken Jones, Executive Director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, says implementing the program will involve 105 million dollars toward single family housing and nearly 17 million dollars for rental housing.

      They've selected qualifying homeowners affected by Hurricane Dolly nearly 5 years ago.

      Now they want to expand the building process to include as many locals as possible.

      "The development council will have a contract with the builder to reconstruct or demolish and replace that structure for that applicant."

      The LRGVDC has already zoned the areas that are in need of assistance.

      They are searching for a pool of contractors to support housing demolition, reconstruction in the Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo county area.

      These qualified local contractors will get exclusive bids for the Dolly damaged target areas.

      "The amount of single family dwellings we anticipate to construct could be anywhere from 800 to 850."

      It's local labor, local supplies, going into homes right here in the valley putting back millions of dollars into the local economy.

      Applications for contractors are due by Friday, March 25, 2013 at noon.

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