Des Moines, Iowa, Sep 18, 2013 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that 13 rural Iowa communities are receiving a total of $720,100 in loan and grant funds from the agency to help make improvements to fire stations and other emergency response services.
The funding includes $531,300 in grants and $188,800 in loans.
“We are pleased to be assisting these communities as they work hard to provide vital services for rural Iowans,” Menner said. “It is important that emergency services volunteers in our small towns and rural communities have access to the best equipment possible to perform their life-saving duties.”
The below projects are being awarded funding through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program which provides loans and grants to assist in the development of essential community buildings and services in rural areas. Facilities must be located in rural areas with less than 20,000 residents. Examples of projects include those related to health care, public safety, community support services, transportation and education
“Whether the project is a new medical clinic, hospital, fire station, fire truck, emergency equipment, community building, assisted living facility or other vital community facility or service, USDA Rural Development is ready to assist,” Menner added.
City of Albia - $50,000 grant to purchase a brush truck.
City of Blockton - $50,000 grant to purchase an ambulance and equipment.
City of Chariton - $30,000 grant to purchase a fire truck.
City of Collins - $41,200 grant and $188,800 loan to construct a new fire station.
City of Corwith - $50,000 grant to construct a new fire station.
City of Eldora - $50,000 grant to purchase an ambulance.
City of Hastings - $50,000 grant to purchase a new fire truck and equipment.
City of Humeston - $48,700 grant to purchase a new fire truck and equipment.
City of Van Wert - $9,100 grant to purchase a warning siren and equipment.
Community Hospital, Inc. - $47,700 grant to purchase a mobile medication dispensing cabinet.
Davis County Hospital - $46,900 grant to purchase an ambulance.
Humboldt County Memorial Hospital - $27,700 grant to purchase an ambulance.
Wayne County Hospital - $30,000 grant to purchase a 3-D ultrasound machine and viewing station.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $2.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
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 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.
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, 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.
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