News Release
Release No.STELPRD4005881
ContactSarah Pursley(530) 792-5801
(OCT. 4, 2010) AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY CENTERS, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN CALIFORNIA
Davis, CA, Oct 04, 2010 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston today announced 20 projects in California totaling $32.6 million to benefit first responders, health care providers, libraries and other community facilities throughout rural California.

"Many of the projects announced today are being funded through the Recovery Act, which is helping improve the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country," said Humiston. "With these funds, communities can build public safety buildings, upgrade community libraries and expand health clinics while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities."

For example, the Corcoran District Hospital in Corcoran, Calif., has been selected to receive a $12 million loan to construct a single story, 17,000-square foot outpatient center. The Corcoran District Hospital is an acute care hospital located in the southern portion of Kings County. When completed, the outpatient center will provide ambulatory surgery and imaging services to the 14,000 residents of this rural community.

Nationwide, Rural Development announced $499 million in projects funded through the Community Facilities Program. This includes more than $172.1 million in Recovery Act funding that will be matched with $65.2 million from other sources. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

A complete list of projects in California is listed below. Those projects funded through the Recovery Act are noted (ARRA):

    Calaveras County Water District: $2,946,000 loan to construct a new building to serve as the district's administration and operations building in San Andreas.

    City of Alturas: $38,210 grant to purchase an electronic records management system for the city's police department.

    Community Recovery Resources, Inc: $9,317,000 loan to construct the Center for Home campus, a substance abuse and mental health recovery center in Grass Valley.

    County of Merced: $199,870 grant to purchase a bookmobile and four computers with internet access to serve the communities of Planada, LeGrand and El Nido. (ARRA)

    County of Stanislaus - Empire Library: $710 grant to purchase computer network equipment and a cash register for the Empire Branch of the library. (ARRA)

    County of Stanislaus - Keyes Library: $8,690 grant to install new carpet and purchase new furniture and equipment.

    County of Trinity: $52,250 grant to purchase a new ambulance and a $90,000 grant to install an emergency water line for fire protection.

    Del Puerto Health Care District: $2,167,920 loan to purchase a building and renovate to create a new health clinic in Patterson.

    Foothill Fire Protection District: $169,760 loan and $100,000 grant to purchase a 3,000 gallon water tender. (ARRA)

    Fresno County Sheriff Posse: $16,850 grant to purchase a trailer, computers and other equipment for a mobile command center. (ARRA)

    Graton Fire Protection District: $3,500,000 loan to construct a 14,229 square foot fire station in Graton. (ARRA)

    I'SOT Inc: $75,000 grant to update an electronic healthcare record system at the Canby Family Practice Clinic in Canby. (ARRA)

    Ivanhoe Memorial District: $36,000 grant to upgrade the facility to meet accessibility requirements. (ARRA)

    Kings Community Action Organization: $150,000 grant to install two modular buildings, fencing and an irrigation system for the new Kettleman City Opportunity Center. (ARRA)

    Parlier Unified School District: $51,730 grant to purchase a commercial refrigerator, freezer and milk box refrigerator for the district. (ARRA)

    San Joaquin Veterans Memorial Hall: $29,700 grant to replace the roof on the building.

    Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians: $13,600,000 loan to construct a tribal health clinic.

    West Side Regional Occupational Program: $75,000 grant to purchase portable kitchen equipment to be used at Maricopa High School's Food Preparation Program. (ARRA)

USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.

USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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