The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that it will award over $15.8 million to thirty-eight recipients, including two in New Madrid County, through their Community Development Block Grant Program to assist communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across the state. Funded projects include the construction or repair of roads and bridges, building community facilities, demolishing blighted or vacant structures and more. The city of Marston was approved for $409,651 and the money will be utilized to repair streets and drainage improvements. The city of Parma will come up with a plan to overlay fourteen city streets with asphalt overlay. A grant of $391,381 will fund this project.