Southern Tier to get over $7 million for rural community improvements

(WETM) – The Southern Tier is set to receive millions in grants and loans from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA announced Jan. 26 that it would invest more than $1 billion to “build and improve essential community facilities” in 48 states. The ministry said the money will “increase access to health care, education and public safety while stimulating community development and building strong infrastructure for people living in rural communities.”

The Southern Tier, specifically the 23rd congressional district under Rep. Tom Reed, is expected to receive more than $6.5 million in loans under various programs and more than $650,000 in grants. The full breakdown of investments and municipalities can be found in the table below.

According to the USDA website, the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant, Community Facilities Loan Guarantee, and Economic Impact Initiative Grant programs help develop “essential community facilities in rural areas.” These facilities include things like hospitals, town halls, community centers, fairgrounds, public safety departments, museums, libraries, and local pantries and kitchens.

Program Recipient Amount of the loan Grant amount
Direct loan for community facilities Arkport Village $81,000
Direct loan for community facilities Village of Elmira Heights $439,000 $266,000
Direct loan for community facilities South Level Library System $136,000 $92,000
Community Facilities Disaster Grant Village of Elmira Heights $23,000
Community Facilities Disaster Grant Village of Elmira Heights $266,000
Community Facilities Disaster Grant Village of Elmira Heights $23,000
Loan Guarantee for Community Facilities Keuka College $6,115,000
Economic Impact Initiative Grant Arkport Village $19,000
US Department of Agriculture data

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