Washington, DC, Apr 21, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects to improve the quality of life in rural communities across the country. Nebraska received funding totaling $114,300 that will fund three projects.
“USDA’s support for these projects reflects our commitment to ensuring that rural communities can create jobs, attract businesses and provide necessary services to their residents,” Vilsack said. “USDA Rural Development continues to work with rural communities to help them develop quality health care services, modern library facilities and school buildings, and reliable first responder equipment and services to ensure that people who live in rural areas have access to critical infrastructure.”
The 135 projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific announced today are being financed through $234 million in loans and grants from USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. Eligible projects include essential community facilities for public use in rural areas such as fire protection, safety, health care, education and many other community needs.
In Nebraska, the Nuckolls County Agricultural Society, Inc. has been selected for a $4,900 grant to make upgrades/repairs to the water system for the county fairgrounds. The Village of Guide Rock will receive a $15,900 grant to purchase an emergency siren system, and the Village of Strang will received a $20,000 direct loan and $73,500 grant to construct a new community center.
Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 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 nearly $149 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs. To locate the USDA Rural Development Nebraska office nearest you visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Contact_Us.htm.