DOUGLAS, Ga, Jun 30, 2014 -- Today, USDA Rural Development State Director Quinton Robinson and Congressman John Barrow commemorated USDA Community Facilities Grant funding that will improve tech services and Wi-Fi access at the Douglas-Coffee County Public Library.
“This project will have direct and beneficial impact for rural citizens who depend on the library for a variety of public services such as internet access.” said Quinton Robinson, state director for USDA Rural Development Georgia. The Douglas-Coffee County Public Library project will combine $20,500 from the Library Authority with a $25,000 USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant to install infrastructure to boost public wireless access, purchase a wireless projector system, and replace the computers used to provide library services. Additional computers will be purchased for teaching computer skill classes. Gaps in the library’s public book collection will also be addressed. These upgrades will assure essential community services such as Wi-Fi and computer access to government services, distance education, employment skills and more.
USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grant and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Eligible applicants are public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. Contact the Georgia Rural Development Community Programs Division to explore if USDA can fund your project. Call (706) 546-2171 or see the web at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html for more information.
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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