Davis, CA, Sep 01, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced investments in 28 states that will create jobs and improve needed infrastructure in rural communities across the nation. The projects are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
"These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to create quality jobs," Vilsack said. "The Recovery Act is working. These projects, and others like them, are contributing to restore the American economy while improving the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country."
USDA is assisting rural communities by providing assistance to healthcare facilities. For example, in Placerville, Calif., Marshall Medical Center has been selected to receive a $3 million loan to purchase major medical equipment for the nonprofit hospital's new wing. With the new a state-of-the-art facility, Marshall Medical Center will be able to continue providing high level of care, and accommodate an increased volume in patients.
Recovery Act funding is also helping to provide assistance for public schools, For example, the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District has been selected to receive two grants totaling $194,100 to replace cold food storage units at Golden Valley Elementary and Cutler Elementary Schools. The new units will be larger and more efficient allowing the schools to process and serve larger quantities of food to the students, including locally grown produce.
The $242.3 million in Recovery Act projects being announced today are funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program and will be matched with $58.4 million from other sources. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. Below is a complete list of the selected recipients in California:
Boys and Girls Clubs of The Sequoias: $63,630 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a commercial kitchen.
City of San Joaquin: $162,690 grant. The funding will be used to renovate and expand a public works building.
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District: $63,750 grant. The funding will be used to replace an obsolete cold food storage unit with a larger and more efficient unit at Cutler Elementary School.
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District: $130,350 grant. The funding will be used to replace an obsolete cold food storage unit with a larger and more efficient unit at Golden Valley Elementary School.
Marshall Medical Center: $3,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to purchase medical equipment.
Orange Cove Fire Protection District: $41,900 grant. The funding will be used to retrofit a fire station.
Palacios Community Center: $90,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate a community center to meet accessibility standards.
San Jose Community & Bea Main Learning Center: $27,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire sprinkler system for a community center.
Southern Humboldt Community Health Care District: $61,875 grant. The funding will be used to purchase health record management equipment for a critical access hospital.
Strathmore Union Elementary School District: $48,750 grant. The funding will be used to renovate an elementary school cafeteria.
The 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. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need
More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
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