Temple, Texas, Nov 07, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced investments in 33 states and one territory that will create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural communities across the nation.
"These projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to create quality jobs and improve the nation's economy," Vilsack said. "The projects announced today will help strengthen facilities and amenities in rural towns and small cities."
“The Community Facilities Program is a vital funding source available to rural communities to help them keep pace with the needs of their rising populations,” said Texas USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin. “We are pleased that ten rural communities in Texas will directly benefit from more than $8 million in funding announced today.”
• Reeves County Hospital –$50,000 grant to purchase a boiler for the hospital
• San Diego Independent School District – $35,000 grant to purchase technology equipment, including virtual desktop computers and a server
• Duval County – $35,000 grant to purchase four new public safety/emergency responder vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department
• City of Hempstead – $35,000 grant to purchase a police vehicle
• City of Rice – $2,940,000 direct loan and a $50,000 grant to construct a new municipal/public safety building and emergency command center
• City of Jourdanton – $3,160,000 direct loan to construct a new municipal building and install solar panels for energy efficiency
• City of Bremond – $20,000 direct loan and a $10,000 grant to purchase a patrol vehicle
• City of Cotulla – $1,527,000 direct loan to make street improvements at a public facility
• Presidio County Health Services, Inc. – $100,000 direct loan to construct a health clinic
• City of Gorman – $46,368 direct loan and a $35,000 grant to purchase a dump truck and a police vehicle
The $46.8 million announced today is being funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Today's announcement is part of a series of rural infrastructure investments expected by Secretary Vilsack during the next two weeks. This effort supports the goal of the American Jobs Act, which makes critical infrastructure improvements to put people back to work immediately.
Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.
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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.