Davis, CA, Feb 17, 2010 -- Since being signed into law one year ago today, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a big impact in California's rural communities. In Covelo, ARRA funds are helping the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library complete the renovation of the library. USDA Rural Development provided the group with a $100,000 Community Facilities grant to purchase computers, furniture and other essential equipment for the new library.
The old library in town was small and beginning to deteriorate so that it no longer could provide a service to the community. As a result, the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library decided to renovate an old restaurant in the middle of Covelo and turn it into a new library. Now that renovations are completed, ARRA funds will be used to fill the inside. The funds will purchase furniture, shelving, computers and software for educational services, teleconferencing equipment as well as other various supplies. This new library can now offer more services to the community and serve as a convenient meeting location. The library expects to start serving the community by this summer.
"One year in, it's clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference across California in rural communities like Covelo," said USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston. "As this project and the hundreds others funded through ARRA conclude over the next few years, we will continue to see the effects in stronger, more vibrant rural communities."
ARRA loans and grants will continue to be available through USDA Rural Development until September 30, 2010, or until all funds have been awarded.
"President Obama's Recovery Act has helped create jobs and lay a new foundation for economic growth during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "USDA has used Recovery Act funding to create badly-needed jobs and stimulate local economies, help farmers and rural businesses make it through tough times, ensure that struggling families can put food on the table, and build and revitalize critical infrastructure in rural communities across America."
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at one of California's 18 local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca.
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