Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 23, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development announces that more than $2.8 million in funding has been awarded for four Nebraska projects to create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural Nebraska.
“Community facilities support the economic and community infrastructure in rural Nebraska villages and cities,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “We are pleased that the awarded dollars came to Nebraska as the funds will support the growth and strength of rural communities served by the four recipients and will help to improve the quality of life for rural residents.”
The Brady Development Corporation will use a $45,000 guaranteed loan to construct an addition to the Rural Health Clinic in Brady, Nebraska. The loan from the Gothenburg State Bank, backed by a USDA Rural Development guarantee, will be used to construct a 500 square foot addition that will house a physician’s office, restroom and two storage areas. The clinic serves the 366 rural residents of Brady and surrounding area.
The Palisade Rural Fire District will utilize a $333,000 loan to construct a new fire hall that will serve 1,175 households. The new fire hall will house a meeting room with kitchen, radio room, rest room, and both an equipment and storage room.
The Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. received a $100,000 loan and $56,590 grant for their library expansion project. The Auburn Memorial Library expansion consists of adding a community meeting room, a youth services area and additional space for books and items such as computer labs.
Keith County Area Development, Inc. received a $2.3 million loan to construct a new library in Ogallala, Nebraska that would serve nearly 5,000 rural residents. The plans detail a 12,000 square feet facility that would house a sub-divided conference room and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant restrooms. There would also be adult/children reading and circulation work areas, spaces for computer and genealogy research, a mechanical/storage area, and administrative work and office areas. Equipment and furnishings would also be purchased.
Funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Loan and Grant program. Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.