Lexington, KY, Mar 30, 2012 -- Rural Development State Director Tom Fern is in Vanceburg today to participate in a dedication ceremony for the new fire station and community center and the new Lewis County Library.
Both projects received funding through Rural Development’s Community Facilities (CF) Program. The Lewis County Library District received a CF loan for $1.1 million and two CF grants totaling $700,000 to construct the new facility, which is approximately 10,000 square feet.
The city of Vanceburg was awarded a CF low-interest loan for $150,000 and CF grant for $75,000 to build the new 3-bay fire station and community center. The city also received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
“Libraries play a vital role in rural communities,” said Fern. “For some families, they serve as an educational facility because they offer computers with free Internet access that makes it possible to conduct research, continue education through distance learning, search for employment and market products and services.”
Rural Development funding for the library project was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In the past three years, Rural Development has awarded nearly $10 million in funding for the construction of new libraries in six Kentucky counties, including Breckinridge, Gallatin, Hancock, Owen and Trimble.
Rural Development’s Community Facilities program funds facilities for public use in rural areas. These include health and child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, libraries, 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 and non-profit organizations. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law in 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the Nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA’s efforts regarding the Recovery Act is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the economic stimulus is available at www.recovery.gov.
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 active portfolio of more than $165 billion in affordable 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.
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