Washington DC, Apr 21, 2011 -- Contact: Darin Leach, Public Information Coordinator
Phone: (515) 284-4747 (office); (515) 669-5691 (cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Improvement Projects in 10 Rural Iowa Communities Get a Boost from USDA Rural Development
Funds Totaling $23.7 Million Coming to Iowa
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects to improve the quality of life in rural communities across the country.
Ten projects in Iowa are receiving a total of $23.7 million in loan and grant funding.
“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 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.
A complete list of projects that were selected for funding in Iowa is below. Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.
• City of Clearfield – $100,000 grant for street improvements
• Mahaska County Hospital – $23,015,000 direct loan to expand the hospital
• City of Liscomb – $4,751 grant to purchase bunker gear for the fire department
• City of Somers – $27,800 grant to purchase library equipment and make improvements to the library
• Bedford Community School District – $15,400 grant to resurface the school playground area
• City of Griswold – $50,000 grant to renovate and expand the library
• City of Bedford – $12,800 grant to install a new HVAC system in the library, and install a bathroom accessible to people with disabilities
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• City of Blakesburg – $3,500 grant to make building updates
• Mount Ayr Community School – $50,000 grant to help with parking lot improvements
• City of Sabula $355,084 direct loan and $90,000 grant to make repairs to and rehabilitate a levee system
During the past year USDA Rural Development has helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 284-4663 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
USDA Rural Development currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender.
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