WASHINGTON, DC (WIBW) – The US Department of Agriculture is investing $ 871 million in rural community facilities in 43 states and Guam.
The US Department of Agriculture says it is investing $ 871 million to improve essential community facilities that will benefit 3.5 million rural residents in 43 states and Guam.
“Rural America needs safe and modern community infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and access essential services,” said Bette Brand, assistant undersecretary for rural development at the ‘USDA. “Under the leadership of President Trump and the Lost Secretary of Agriculture, USDA continues to be a strong partner for rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
According to Brand, critical community projects receiving funding are in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland , Michigan. , Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia , Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The USDA said it is funding 256 projects through the Direct Community Facility Loans and Grants program. He said the investments will build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. He gives the following examples:
- In Ohio, the Big Walnut Joint Fire District will use a $ 2.3 million loan to build a fire station. It currently operates two facilities: one in Marengo and another in Chesterville. Built over a century ago, the Chesterville fire station no longer supports today’s firefighting operations. The single vehicle bay did not have the correct headroom, which resulted in damage to the vehicle and equipment. In addition, the facade of the station on State Route 314 creates a safety hazard for vehicles leaving or entering the lot. The new station will be built just north of the old facility on a two-acre site acquired from the local school district. It will include three bays, a kitchen, a dormitory, a material storage room, bathrooms, a decontamination room, offices for administrative work, a training room and a tornado shelter, all responding to the modern code and accessibility standards.
- In Michigan, the Indian community of Bay Mills will use a $ 6 million loan to build a 34,000 square foot medical office building on the eastern upper peninsula of Chippewa County. The Bay Mills Indian Community Reserve is located in a medically underserved area designated by the federal government and an area of shortage of health professionals for primary care, dental and mental health. More than 20 percent of the residents of the community are people with disabilities. This investment will help provide medical, dental, pharmaceutical, laboratory, imaging, behavioral health, optics, community health and traditional healing services.
- Ridgeview Global Studies Academy in Davenport, Fla. Will use $ 4.9 million loan to construct 21,000 square foot two story building that includes classrooms, science lab, multipurpose room / dining room and administrative offices. This facility will be linked to the campus by a covered walkway. The new facility will accommodate 250 grade 9 and 10 students.
- In the parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hospital Services District 1 is receiving a $ 61 million loan to renovate 37,000 square feet of the hospital and add an 82,000 square foot four-story medical tower. The addition will include 48 acute care rooms, surgical and intensive care units, nursing stations and administrative areas. The hospital employs more than 850 people. The expanded facility will offer a variety of specialized care to better serve the community.
According to the USDA, more than 100 types of projects are eligible for funding. He said eligible applicants include federally recognized municipalities, government agencies, nonprofits, and Native American tribes. He said projects should be located in rural areas of 20,000 people or less.
The USDA said interested parties should contact their state office for rural development for information on additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. He said a detailed overview of the application process can be found here.
The USDA said rural development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. He said the aid was helping improve infrastructure, business development, housing, community facilities and high-speed internet access in rural areas.
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