USDA invested $ 629,000 to improve rural community facilities and essential services in 5 communities.
Acting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
New York State Director Brian Murray today announced that USDA Rural Development is investing $ 629,000 in loans and grants in five rural New York communities to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services. This is part of a national announcement in which the USDA is investing $ 185 million in 32 states. The investments will benefit 3 million rural residents.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made investing in improving infrastructure a priority,” Murray said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in vital facilities and services for all communities, such as schools, libraries, hospitals and clinics. They will also help rural communities continue to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic as America rebuilds itself better and stronger. “
USDA is investing in 233 projects through the Direct Grants and Loans for Community Facilities program. Of these, 74 awards, totaling $ 4 million, will help communities in their long-term recovery efforts from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. The Department invests in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New- Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Here are some examples of today’s investments in New York:
Town of Fowler: This rural development investment of $ 190,000 in loan and $ 30,000 in grant will be used to purchase a snow plow truck. This new plow truck will replace a 2000 model year plow truck that has become unreliable and is at the end of its useful life. The new truck will serve the town of Fowler and help maintain the town’s roads and highways to keep more than 2,200 residents safe.
Village of West Winfield: This rural development investment of $ 40,000 in loan and $ 20,000 in grant will be used to purchase a new 2021 Ford F-550 dump truck for the village of West Winfield in Herkimer County, NY . This new snow plow truck will help maintain village streets to keep 826 residents safe and will replace its unreliable 2009 plow truck.
Village of Celoron: This rural development investment of $ 54,000 in loan and $ 50,000 in grant will be used to purchase a 2021 John Deere backhoe with attachments. The new backhoe will help maintain village roads and sidewalks to keep more than 1,100 residents safe.
Village of Bolivar: This rural development investment of $ 115,000 in loan and $ 40,000 in grant will be used to finance the purchase of a 2021 truck with salt dog spreader, snow plow and dump body, and Case backhoe 580SN. This snow plow truck will replace the unreliable 2017 truck and serve the village of Bolivar, NY by providing safe and properly maintained streets to over 1,000 residents.
Village of Camillus: This rural development investment of $ 70,000 in loan and $ 20,000 in grant will be used to purchase a snow plow truck as well as a snow plow and a salt spreader. This new plow truck will replace the village’s unreliable 2006 model year plow truck. The new truck will help maintain roads and highways to keep more than 1,200 residents safe. In addition to sanding and plowing the streets in winter, the new truck will also be used as a general work vehicle to help pick up various debris and transport various equipment.
Over 100 types of projects are eligible for community facility funding. Eligible applicants include federally recognized municipalities, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribes. Projects must be located in rural areas of 20,000 inhabitants or less.
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