Funding in Tillamook County and statewide will increase access to health care, education and public safety for people who call rural communities home
PORTLAND, Oregon, January 26, 2022 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that the USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve essential community facilities in 48 states, including Puerto Rico and Guam. This infrastructure funding 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 Biden-Harris administration has made investing in improving infrastructure a top priority,” Bronaugh said. “These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services that are vital to all communities, such as health care facilities, schools, libraries, and first responder vehicles and equipment. When we invest in essential services in rural America, we create opportunity and prosperity for people who call rural communities home.
- In Oregon, the Kiawanda Community Center will use a $57,500 Economic Impact Initiative grant to repair and expand facilities and increase accessibility. Originally built to serve as a senior center, the use of the building has expanded over time to meet the growing needs of the surrounding community. The center now serves the entire local population, providing space for events, classes and community activities. These repairs will benefit 1,035 rural people.
- Economic Impact Initiative Grants such as the one awarded to the Kiawanda Community Centre, provide funds to help develop essential community facilities in rural communities facing extreme economic and employment challenges.
- In fiscal year 2021, USDA Rural Development invested $680 million in grants, loans, and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing; health care; first responder services and equipment; and water, electricity and communication infrastructure.