The USDA (Dept. of Agriculture) is mandated to help farmers and rural parts of the country develop and prosper. One method is through USDA Rural Development loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; high-speed internet access, and community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care.
Recent efforts include awarding a total of $1,684,647 in grants to rural Iowa farmers, ag producers, small businesses, and institutions. Other projects range from more than $17.8 million to complete improvements to the Cape Girardeau County Reorganized Common Sewer District’s centralized sewer treatment system, benefiting 3,723 residents in its service area to a $4.1 million loan to improve the water quality and pressure in the Four Corners and Rio Brazos service areas in Fort Bend County, Texas.
In Sheboygan County, Wis., Lakeland University will use a $29 million loan to construct two new residence halls while Dakota Resources will receive $250,000 to support rural economic development projects. Dakota Resources is leveraging the federal funding to implement new and expand capacity building opportunities through housing and community and economic development in South Dakota and North Dakota. Nearby, USDA is investing $10,556,000 in Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative to build and improve critical electric infrastructure that will benefit more than 6,000 rural residents and commercial customers in South Dakota and Nebraska.
Not all the projects are in the Mid-America states. USDA is investing $71,443 to help farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs in rural Pennsylvania through the REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) and $75,500 to create a Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in Flemington, NJ.
And while we may think of rural areas being primarily farms, small businesses in rural parts of the country also qualify. In Tennessee, Brookside Hospitality, Inc, a resort hotel, will receive an $80,135 grant for the purchase and installation of a 145.2 KW Solar Array that will save it $17,403 per year in electricity. This project will save enough electricity to power 20 homes.
Indeed, USDA is everywhere in the country working with businesses and individuals. It is funding 44 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. Projects announced today in Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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