CONNELLSVILLE,PA May 2, 2012 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams
today announced a $2.3 Million Community Facilities Loan to Highlands Hospital.
"This project is providing needed infrastructure in a rural community," Williams said. “This funding will give Highlands Hospital the funding they need to renovate and expand their existing Behavioral Health Unit. The renovations will assist the hospital in conforming to new regulations, add an additional nurse station and improve the HVAC system."
The project announced today is being funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program. 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. 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 Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and communities. USDA Rural
Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save
or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.
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