News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018341
ContactJessica Bowser785-271-2701
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES SUPPORT TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR RURAL AMERICANS
Topeka, Kans, Sep 27, 2012 --

@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 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.  One project in Kansas received funding. 

"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 will support 127 projects through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program.  A complete list of Community Facilities projects announced 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.

In Kansas, the Morris County Hospital Foundation received a $6,500 grant to purchase and install electronic health records equipment at the Chase County Family Health Clinic located in Cottonwood Falls. 

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. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has awarded more than $65 million in financial assistance to 72 community facilities projects in Kansas including:  hospitals, healthcare office buildings, clinics, mental health facilities, nursing homes, daycare facilities, fire stations, law enforcement centers, libraries and senior citizens centers.

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.