Washington, May 31, 2012 -- WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report highlighting the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. The program was established in 1972 to help rural communities provide essential services and improve local infrastructure in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less.
“Quality hospitals, schools and libraries are the building blocks for a vibrant rural America,” said Vilsack. "Today’s announcement illustrates how the Obama Administration is leveraging Rural Development’s investments to ensure that rural communities can compete in the global economy.”
Since the start of fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2011, the report focuses on spurring economic growth in rural America by addressing challenges in health care, education, public service and public safety. Through loans, grants, or loan guarantees the investment over the past 3 years has totaled $3.8 billion helping more than 37 million rural Americans.
USDA Rural Development State Director Jack Tarburton said, “Over the past three years, some 30 projects in Delaware have received more than $11 million in financial assistance to support rural first responders, education, health care, and other community and municipal services.”
Highlighted in the report is the expansion of the MOT Charter School. The school celebrated the opening of their new wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 24, 2012. USDA Rural Development supported the construction of the new wing with a $2.9 million loan that allowed MOT to add two new classrooms and double the size of the library and the gymnasium.
The report is available on the USDA website and includes details of noteworthy projects in each state. To see the full report, visit: www.rurdev.usda.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. During fiscal year 2011, the agency returned $132 million to rural Delaware.
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