MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 28, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $871 million to improve critical community facilities to benefit 3.5 million rural residents in 43 states and Guam.
“Rural America needs safe, modern community infrastructure to help residents and businesses achieve greater prosperity and have access to essential services,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Brand announced essential community projects today 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.
USDA is funding 4 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Investments in Alabama include:
- In Colbert County, the town of Littleville will use a $100,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase two fully equipped law enforcement patrol vehicles and a public works truck. The existing patrol vehicles are beyond their useful life. Replacing them with these new vehicles will allow the town to better serve its rural residents and ensure adequate public safety and quick response times are met.
- In Covington County, the town of River Falls will use a $439,000 Community Facilities loan to renovate three buildings to be used as a central Municipal Complex that will house the water, law enforcement and fire departments, town clerk, and a council members' meeting room. The water department will install a drive-thru lane for payments and the project will also create several ADA accessible parking spaces and ramps and new sidewalks. The project will provide essential improvements to the public service departments in this rural area and allow residents easier access to conduct business.
- In Morgan County, the Somerville Area Volunteer Emergency Services will use a $250,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase a fire truck and fire extinguishing equipment. The truck will replace one that is beyond its useful life. The fire truck and associated equipment will enhance the Somerville Area Volunteer Emergency.
- The Sommerville Area Volunteer Emergency Services will also use a $70,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase turnout gear and install an above the ground storm shelter in the main fire station. The much-needed turnout equipment will replace the expired and outdated gear and provide better protection for the volunteer firemen. The storm shelter will also provide the first responders a safe place to go when they are on call during severe weather.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants, a detailed overview of the application process.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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