Harrisburg, Jul 15, 2014 -- Contact:
Dawn Bonsell (717) 237-2286
USDA Funds Dump Truck for Lilly Borough
HARRISBURG, PA – July 16, 2014 - U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams today announced the award of a $49,000 Community Facilities loan and $29,600 grant to Lilly Borough for the purchase of a new 5-ton dump truck. The new truck will replace an older vehicle that needed major repairs.
"This funding will help finance projects that are good examples of how USDA Rural Development is committed to making the lives of rural Pennsylvanians much better through the various programs we have to offer," Williams said.
USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program helps finance 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 and non-profit organizations. Funding for the projects is subject to the recipients meeting the terms of the loan and grant agreements.
"During the last fiscal year, our staff provided more than $100 million to essential community projects,” Williams said. “Providing the funding for new buildings, vehicles, communications and public safety equipment shows we are committed to helping these communities with the funds they need to upgrade or maintain essential services."
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. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
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