WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Program has awarded a total of $600,000 to two southeastern communities. east of Ohio.
“This federal funding makes critical investments in improving our state’s infrastructure and strengthening economic growth,” Brown said. “We must ensure that communities in Southeast Ohio have the resources they need to create jobs and improve the lives of their residents. My office and I will continue to work with community partners to ensure Southeast Ohio receives its fair share of support and investment.
The funding granted includes:
- $50,000 grant and one$350,000 loan for pike county to purchase four dump trucks for the construction, repair and maintenance of county roads.
- $200,000 loan for Athens County to finance the purchase of a force-feed loader for various cleaning and maintenance purposes.
These funds are part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, which provides affordable financing to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps small towns, cities and rural communities improve their infrastructure and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers .