WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2014) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
Esther Kia’aina today announced nearly $3 million in grant assistance to the U.S. Virgin Islands
(USVI) through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program.
Funds will support critical improvements to the territory’s infrastructure.
“These vital infrastructure projects will help boost economic development in the USVI and bolster
the territory’s health, education, power and public safety systems,” said Assistant Secretary
Kia’aina. “I am particularly pleased to support the first meaningful expansion to the St. Thomas
East End Medical Center Corporation clinic, which improves their facility and increases patient
"We realize that these important projects would not be possible without the continued support of
Congress and local leadership," Kia’aina added. “We are pleased to support Governor John de Jongh
in this way.”
Grants awarded today were as follows:
The Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas carries out the Secretary’s responsibilities for the U.S.
territories, including American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands. Additional responsibilities include administration and oversight
of federal assistance provided to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and
Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.