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The Obama Administration has made historic investments in rural America to promote economic development and job creation. Through the White House Rural Council, chaired by Secretary Vilsack, the Obama Administration has focused on increasing access to capital, job creation, and workforce development in rural America.    - Border Capital Community Initiative: Memorandum of Understanding
   - Colonias regulation

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   • USDA Blog: Colonias Receive Support from USDA Rural Development

On June 14, 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced a joint Border Capital Community Initiative (Border Initiative). The Border Initiative is a critical economic development tool of the White House Rural Council. The Border Capital Community Initiative is designed to strengthen public private partnerships and promote economic development in Colonia communities located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

On July 24, 2012, USDA Rural Development issued updated rules for the Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program. The change will ensure that critical federal loans and grants programs are better targeted to residents in Colonia communities who have not yet benefited from access to water and waste services.

USDA Rural Development’s Colonia regulation will further the goals and objectives set out by the White House Rural Council by modifying the priority points system within the regulation to give additional priority to colonias that are un-served and that are facing significant health risks. Rural Development has provided more than $105.7 million since 2009 in water and waste disposal infrastructure projects in colonias.

Over the past four years, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $1.2 billion dollars in the Southwest border region – financing a range of programs from clinics and hospitals to water and waste water systems, from state-of the art energy saving photo voltaic solar systems to child care centers; from local rural businesses to food banks.

Investments in the Southwent border Include:

California $ 48,962,200
New Mexico $ 95,575,600
Texas $893,219,823
Total: $1,242,931,874

The Obama Administration is committed to investing in Colonias. For more information please refer to:

Last Modified:12/11/2013 
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