Reedsport, OR, May 04, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced support for projects to improve the quality of life in rural communities across the country.
Among the announcements was a $50,000 USDA Rural Development grant to help the City of Reedsport make repairs to the local library. The grant will leverage city money along with anticipated grant funds from private sources to add new siding and trim to the building’s exterior, replace the library’s solarium, and install new, energy efficient windows.
“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.”
Through the years, Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program has been a vital funding source for many rural communities in southwestern Oregon. Other local examples from recent years are Rural Development grants to the Port Orford Fire District for the purchase of a new fire truck and related equipment and to the Winston Police Department for two new patrol vehicles.
“In addition to our Community Facilities funding, Rural Development has also provided significant supoprt for water and waste infrastructure, telemedicine, affordable single and multi-family housing, and economic development in this part of the state,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker.
The current funding announcement includes 135 projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific 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. A complete list of projects that were selected for funding nationwide can be found at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2011/04/0178.xml. 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 or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.