Davis, CA, May 27, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston today announced 11 projects in California, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Projects will benefit libraries, police and fire departments, a food bank and other community facilities throughout rural California.
"These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to turn the economy around and create quality jobs," Humiston said. "Through the Recovery Act, communities can build public safety buildings, upgrade community libraries and expand food banks while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities."
For example, USDA Rural Development is helping the Kern County library purchase two bookmobiles to be housed in Lake Isabella and Buttonwillow. These rural communities are very rural and isolated, making it difficult for the community to access the library. The library has seen an increased demand for computers with internet by adults working on resumes and job searches, so the addition of four computers to each bookmobile will be a great asset to the communities.
The nearly $8.2 million in Recovery Act projects being announced today are funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program and will be matched with $2.4 million from other sources. Funding of each loan and grant is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the agreement. A complete of projects in California is listed below.
Monterey County: $105,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a bookmobile and four computers with internet access.
Kern County – Buttonwillow Library: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a Book Mobile, computers, and related materials.
Kern County – Lake Isabella Library: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a Book Mobile, computers, and related materials.
Mendocino County Library: $134,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a Book Mobile, computers, and related materials.
Siskiyou County Library: $83,420 grant. The funding will be used to renovate the Yreka Library.
Tulare Local Health Care District – Woodville Clinic: $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to develop a fixed health clinic site.
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County: $15,750 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a refrigerator truck to transport food used in the Food Bank's program
Tulare County: $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to renovate the Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club.
City of Arroyo Grande: $6,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 14,500 square-foot police station.
City of Gustine: $950,000 loan and $94,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and renovate a building for use as a City Hall and remodel the City Hall to house the police department.
Antelope Valley Fire Protection District: $65,700 loan and $80,300 grant. The funding will be used to purchase two engines
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.
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 USDA Rural Development is available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca or by visiting one of our 18 local offices.
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