Brown Announces More Than $6.6 Million for Rural Development in Southeast Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Rural Development has awarded a total of $6,673,000 to five communities in southeast Ohio.

“This federal funding will enable critical investments in our state’s infrastructure and spur economic growth,” Brown said. “We need to ensure communities in Southeast Ohio have the resources they need to grow local economies and improve the daily lives of their residents. My office and I will continue to work with community partners to ensure Southeast Ohio receives the support it needs.

Funding provided includes:

  • Loan of $165,000 for Washington Township in Columbiana County to finance the acquisition of a dump truck.
  • $6,000,000 loan for Harrison County to finance the construction of a justice centre.
  • Loan of $262,000 for Monroe County to purchase two tractors with boom mowers and a vehicle to maintain county roads and facilities.
  • $71,000 loan for Union Township in Morgan County will purchase a dump truck with plow and salt spreader to maintain and preserve community roads.
  • Loan of $175,000 for Washington County to buy a tractor with a boom mower.

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 daycares .

Brown has been a leader for rural communities in Ohio, successfully obtaining a number of important provisions for Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.

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