Governor of Hawaii approves spending projects
HONOLULU, Hawaii: Governor Neil Abercrombie announced on August 24, 2012 the release of more than $52.5 million for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) to be used to enhance the areas of connectivity, energy and growth.
In an August 24, 2012 press release from the Governor's office, Abercrombie stated "“Each of these projects represents an investment in the future of Hawaii and our ability to be proactive in shaping our future as a state. This includes planning for an underwater fiber optic cable that will move us toward achieving our Hawaiꞌi Broadband Initiative goal of universal access to affordable, high-speed Internet by 2018. For a state as isolated as our own, high-speed Internet can be transformative, connecting families, businesses and institutions; spurring economic development and innovation; and giving current and future generations a competitive edge.”
The approved allocation of the funds include:
- $43 million for Honolulu International Airport, Interim Car Rental Facility, O'ahu for the construction of a temporary operational area for the five "on-airport” car rental companies
- $3.5 million for Kalaeloa East Energy Corridor, O'ahu for the planning, design and construction of an electrical distribution system and assisting in the development of an above-ground electrical and telecommunications cable lines
- $2.2 million for a Transpacific Cable Project statewide to identify potential transpacific cable landing stations, rank potential sites, support environmental assessments with cable landing developers, and complete pre-engineering studies of selected sites
- $2,135,000 for the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Information and Communication Services Division (ICSD) Radio Sites statewide to expand radio communications services
- $1,500,000 for the Pohukaina Street Mixed-Use Transient Oriented Development Project, O'ahu for the planning for the Hawai'i Community Development Authority's 690 Pohukaina Street Project. It includes a mixed-use high rise condominium, two smaller residential and commercial buildings, a parking structure and civic-commercial center in Kaka'ako and the project will also be a transit-oriented development, designed to maximize access to public transportation and incorporate features to encourage transit ridership
- $248,177 for the Kulani Correctional Facility, Hawai'i Island to be used in planning for the reactivation of the Kulani Correctional Facility
- News: Office of the Governor of Hawaii, "Governor Releases $52.5 Million for CIPs Designed to Shape Hawaiꞌi’s Future"
- News: Hawaii News and Island Information, "Governor Abercrombie Releases $52.5 Million for Capital Improvement Projects – $248,177 for Planning Reactivation of Kulani Prison"