Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects to create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural communities in 25 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Six projects are in Iowa
“The Obama administration is committed to helping eligible rural communities obtain reliable emergency equipment and provided vital services,” said Vilsack. These projects will help rural communities, protect the safety of residents and create a framework for job creation and economic growth.”
The more than $5 million in funding announced today will support 127 projects through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. A complete list of Community Facilities projects announced today can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rdCFChart.pdf. Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.
Information about projects in Iowa follows:
• Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (Lake City) - $50,000 grant to help purchase a lift system to more safely move patients
• City of Liscomb - $35,000 grant and $90,000 loan to help purchase a fire truck and equipment
• Mount Ayr Community School District (Mount Ayr) - $46,700 to help purchase a 65-passenger school bus
• City of Oxford Junction - $3,400 grant to help replace the roof on the fire department building
• City of Palmer - $30,000 grant to help purchase a pumper truck
• City of Ruthven - $10,200 grant to help purchase and install two outdoor warning sirens
USDA’s Community Facilities program provides loans and grants for 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.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.
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.