May 4, 2019 By Bryan WellsTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb spent his 51st birthday in Speedway Thursday by handing out the first grants of his Next Level Trails program—$4.9 million for new trails connecting Speedway with the west side of Indianapolis.Holcomb was joined by Cameron Clark, director of the Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Jacob Blasdel, Speedway’s manager as the unveiled the first of the grants to be awarded. They made the announcement at Speedway Indoor Karting next to the B&O Trail where they also took a moment to present the governor with a cake to celebrate his birthday.“It’s the month of May, we’re in Speedway, what a perfect place to waive the green flag to start this race to building out our state from the ground level up,” Holcomb said. “We love racing, we love winning, it’s a big win for Indiana.”In this first round, the program is providing almost $25 million dollars in grants to 17 communities and non-profit organizations to develop 42 miles of trails. Grant recipients made matching contributions to the projects, which included money, land and other donations.The program splits $90 million in grant money with regional projects receiving $70 million in funds and local projects receiving $20 million in funds.When choosing applicants eligible to receive funding, the Department of Natural Resources received twice as many applications than expected. They received a total of 82 applications for projects that were located in 42 counties throughout the state.The funding for the 240 miles of new trails from all the applications received added up to nearly $144 million, far above the budget for the states’ first round of the Next Level Trails program.Diana Virgil, president for B&O Trail Association Inc., explained that she has had multiple people ask her about when the trails were going to be more useful and easier to get to one place to another.“I’ve had people tell me that they want to be able to ride their bike to work downtown, and then ask me when I would ever get it done. Well, now we are going to get it done,” Virgil said. She emphasized that it’s her goal to keep expanding the trails and connecting communities, while also keeping Hoosiers healthier.The trails program is part of the governor’s overall Next Level Connections infrastructure program, which is funded through a renegotiated toll road contract that is also accelerating the construction of several highway projects.DNR will open the application again later this year. Three rounds of funding are planned.FOOTNOTE: Bryan Wells is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Sergio Gonzalez has become a real King Midas of the quarry. Since he began his career on the benches the Hospitalet de Llobregat technician has discovered talents in the Spanish and in the Valladolid. The last to debut with Sergio has been Salisu. The central, polled by Valencia before the loss of Garay, It is one of the revelations of LaLiga. The defender has played 2,126 minutes between League (2006) and Cup (120) of which he has played 23 of 24 starting from the start. Before Salisu, Sergio gave the alternative to players like Bailly, Pau López or Joan Jordan. The 43-year-old coach began his career on the benches at the branch of the Spanish which he led in 17 games in the 2013/14 season before making the jump to the first team in 2015. The parakeets were trained in 62 games with which he reached the semifinals of the Cup. Among the players he made his debut are Eric Bailly, Rubén Duarte, Joan Jordan, Pau López and Raíllo. The Costa Rican defender played five games with Espanyol before leaving for Villarreal for 5.25 million euros and with a record of the subsidiary. Ceramics would go to Manchester United in 2016 in exchange for 40 million euros. The left back played his first game in the highest category of Spanish football against Valencia in 2014. The Almeria signed for Alavés where he is the starter. Joan Jordan played in the subsidiary of Espanyol until Sergio decided to alternate the subsidiary with the first team in the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons and then rejoin their paths in Valladolid. Jordan then signed for Eibar and Sevilla. Raíllo began his career in Primera with the parakeets in August 2015 before Getafe and then went through Ponferradina to reach Mallorca, a team in which he is the owner. One of the players who has stood out the most since he debuted with Sergio González at Espanyol is Pau López. The Spanish international played his first minutes in LaLiga with Espanyol in February 2015 and then went out to Tottenham, settled again in Cornellà, go to Betis and sign for Rome in 2019 for an amount close to 30 million euros with variables . Sergio’s second chapter on the benches and in which he also takes values from the quarry is in Valladolid. The coach adds 80 games after catching the team in Second in the absence of eight games and not only qualified for the playoff but also climbed to First. Under his baton they have stood out Waldo, extreme that debuted with the Valladolid in 2018 and with which he has played 11 games in the 19/20 and Miguel de la Fuente, striker of the subsidiary that has played five games, two of LaLiga and three in the Cup, in which he has given two assists.Two debuts of white canteranosSergio has in his curriculum the debut in First Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio. The Galician arrived at Espanyol in 2014 to do a mili season in Primera with the parrots before returning to Madrid in 2015. The same way followed a season after Marco Asensio. The Balearic highlighted in Cornellá scoring four goals and giving 15 assists in the 2015/16 season and then returning to Madrid.