Syracuse, NY, Aug 01, 2012 -- Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded a $59,000 loan and $25,000 grant to the Village of Canaseraga (Allegany County). Rural Development funds will be used to purchase two ambulances and two new ambulance cots for the village. The village applied through the Community Facilities Program in 2010 and has since received a low interest loan and a ten year extended payment plan.
“In an emergency there may only be a small window of opportunity for response -- faulty equipment or lack of equipment can sometimes be the difference between life and death,” said Bryan Clerkin, United States Department of Agriculture RD NY Acting State Director. “Moreover, ambulances in our rural areas may have to travel long distances to reach their destinations. Therefore, it is essential that we maintain and have available these life saving vehicles and equipment to promote the safety and well being of the residents of rural communities.”
Community Facilities Programs can make and guarantee loans to develop essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans and guarantees are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy and strengthening small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 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. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.